Arsenal right not to sign Julian Draxler in this window 0

The last few weeks of this transfer window has been dominated by talk of Julian Draxler moving to Arsenal, and the projected fee that would be required to take the midfielder away from Schalke.

The German club’s sporting director, Horst Heldt, has been in bullish mood this morning and has rejected any talk of Draxler leaving the club today or in the future - the latter part of that is maybe wishful thinking, but certainly he will still be in the Bundesliga come the deadline this evening.

“I am very sure that Julian will play in the second half for us - and probably beyond.

We are not interested in letting Julian go and he has also not come to us with the wish to leave the club.

Of course, there is always interest in him and if someone was to come and make a serious offer for him, then we would have to deal with that professionally.”

Horst Heldt

Supposedly, Arsenal have refused to meet Draxler’s valuation - reportedly around £40m - and, irrespective of how talented he is, that’s probably the right decision. Big transfers do happen in January, but they always feel more risky and asking a player to switch leagues in the middle of a season is tough - especially considering the physical nature of English football.

If Arsenal were to spend nearly £40m on Draxler, then it might be an idea to do that during the Summer and give him the benefit of a pre-season. This is different to the Mesut Ozil situation: Draxler is younger, less-established, and would be making a more significant move within the context of his career.

It’s hard to know how much contact there has really been between Schalke and Arsenal, but trying to fit such a large transfer into this window has always felt awkward - this would be a very significant move, so there’s no real harm in leaving it for a few months and getting back around the negotiating table when the season is over.

If he wants to play for Arsenal and they can afford him, Julian Draxler will still be there in the Summer.

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