Arsenal have remained eerily quiet during the transfer period, but landing Julian Draxler would make some major noise.
According to The Mirror's John Cross, the Gunners are hot in pursuit of the 19-year-old midfielder, who netted 10 goals for Schalke last season. Cross, however, reports that the German club is asking for more money than Arsene Wenger is ready to dish out.
Wenger has major reservations about the price but Arsenal have made contact with Draxler’s club Schalke and are believed to be willing to pay around £40m, although the German club are demanding an astonishing £60m.
Time is ticking on the transfer window, which closes on Monday, September 2.
Despite the financial separation, Cross also wrote that the Gunners are "desperate to get a big deal done and Draxler is a long-term target."
Considering Wenger has not spent any money during this transfer period, it's easy to picture the manager enhancing his proposal to avoid leaving empty-handed.
With injuries to Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta hampering the squad, Arsenal need some reinforcements to stay intact.
Although the circumstances scream for action, Wenger told Press Association (h/t The Guardian) that the club will not "panic buy" before the deadline. Not succumbing to the pressure of a static stretch, he stated that he "will not do anything stupid just for the sake of saying that we have done something."
Fair enough, as transactions done solely to appease a fidgety fanbase rarely pan out. That doesn't mean that Draxler fits this mold, though.
Should Arsenal acquire Julian Draxler before the transfer period ends?
Banking on a teenager obviously represents a substantial risk, but Draxler can provide an immediate upgrade with major long-term upside to a team that is hardly a Premier League powerhouse these days.
He may not be worthy the hefty price tag immediately, but his skill set makes for an intriguing investment. The German can attack creatively with well-rounded dribbling and crossing ability.
Arsenal's offense, whose 72 goals ranked third in the Premier League last season, lagged behind Chelsea and Manchester City. If they continue to stay pat, they should expect a similar, perhaps worse, result this time around.
Wenger, like any rational manager, is trying avoid pressing the panic button and making an irrational move.
Unfortunately for him, there is legitimate reason for concern, which could force his hand into taking a shot on a game-changer like Draxler.