Julian Draxler and Gonzalo Higuain, two players heavily linked with Arsenal in recent summers, have again been tipped for moves to the Emirates in the last few days. However, it looks as though there’s very little meat on the bones of either rumour.
It was suggested this week that Draxler, Schalke’s exciting 21-year-old attacking prospect, was of interest to both the Gunners and Manchester City with the player eager to make a mark in the Premier League. His agent though has shot down such claims stressing that his client needs to focus on his fitness after an injury peppered season.
Agent Roger Wittmann told Bild: “There is nothing to it. Top English top clubs have been interested in Julian for years but at the moment there is nothing specific. Julian has to regain full fitness first.”
Draxler is believed to have had a tour of London Colney in January 2014 before a bid from Arsenal was rebuffed. He went on to sign an extension that has him under contract in Gelsenkirchen until 2018.
Meanwhile in Italy, it looks increasingly unlikely that Higuain, 27, will leave Napoli. The Argentine striker moved to the Stadio San Paulo in July 2013 after his proposed move from Real Madrid to Arsenal collapsed at the last minute when Arsene Wenger began an ill-fated pursuit of Luis Suarez.
Napoli’s recent failure to qualify for the Champions League triggered suggestions Higuain could move to pastures new, but president Aurelio De Laurentiis said newspaper speculation surrounding his record signing is ‘a sea of lies’.
“The papers don’t know what they’re writing,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “They’re inventing a sea of lies.
“The contract will be respected. He’ll only go if a madman offers the buy-out clause. However, Gonzalo still belongs to Napoli.”
Arseblog News suggests you knock them off the list until January.