As the clock ticks down on the January transfer window it appears Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Schalke’s Julian Draxler.
According to various reports in the UK press the Gunners dispatched a ‘delegation’ to Germany this morning with the intention of thrashing out a deal for the midfielder in the next 24 hours.
Not one to beat about the bush, ‘Dick Law’ announced on Twitter:
— Dick Law (@D1ckLaw) January 29, 2014
Arsenal have been tracking Draxler for quite some time with the 20-year-old high on the club’s list of transfer targets as far back as the spring. In the summer, with local rivals Borussia Dortmund sniffing around, the player signed a new deal at the Veltins-Arena in which was included a €45 million buyout clause.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal match such a hefty fee.
Arseblog News worked out earlier that if Draxler is literally worth his weight in 24 carat gold then we should be offering around £1.75m at current rates. Throw in a couple of airport-bought Toblerones and Ju-Young Park and we might just get our man.