Julian Draxler has ruled out any possibility of moving to Arsenal this summer, saying he wants to stay another year at Schalke. The German admitted there was contact in January, but now looks set to stay in the Bundesliga until next summer at least.
“In January there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay,” he said. “I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke.”
After Arsenal’s bid was turned down, there were suggestions that Bayern Munich had come to an arrangement with Schalke which would see Draxler join them in the summer of 2015, and this latest development might well add some credibility to that.
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has got people excited by talking up the virtues of Arsenal. From Brazil, Raiola (who also represents Zlatan Ibrahamovic), told Sky Sports, “Arsenal are a fantastic club. Will a transfer happen? Anything is possible.”
Of course anything is possible, but people would do well to remember that anything could also include nothing. Raiola is certainly an interesting character who, if his client is determined to get away from Italy, will stop at nothing to drum up interest and this is more than likely part of that process.
Indeed, the rumours circulating on the web about Puma, who also have a deal with the Italian striker, helping Arsenal to secure his transfer seem somewhat fanciful. They’re giving the club £30m per season, that’s about as much help as the club want and the idea that Arsene Wenger might have his transfer policy dictated to by a sponsor is ludicrous.
Of course, if Wenger does want Balotelli, it won’t hurt that he’s one of Puma’s key men, but for now we’re rating this with a good old fashioned 6 poos.