Schalke ‘can’t exclude’ selling Julian Draxler to Arsenal
Schalke have revealed that they can no longer rule out losing Julian Draxler to Arsenal during the current transfer window.
Sporting director Horst Heldt has previously maintained a tough stance that the youngster would not be sold this month. But he is no longer so confident of keeping the 20-year-old.
Speaking ahead of today’s game against Hamburg, Heldt said: “I can’t exclude anything, I don’t know what other clubs are planning. I only know what happens in our club – and nothing happens at the moment, so we don’t bother with this.
“We are very calm with this thing.”
Media reports this morning suggested that a deal will be completed this week, with Draxler having told Schalke that he wants to leave this month.
The fee is still a stumbling block. Schalke want £37m to match the release clause in Draxler’s contract – even though that clause does not become active until the end of the season.
The Gunners do not want to pay more than £30m and would prefer to do business for around £25m.