Arsenal Transfer News: Lack of Julian Draxler Bid Makes January Move Unlikely

Michael Wade@michaelwade_Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2014

Julian Draxler celebrates a goal for Schalke.
Julian Draxler celebrates a goal for Schalke.Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Arsenal's hopes of signing Julian Draxler during the January transfer window have decreased after Schalke claimed there had been no contact regarding a transfer.

A report by German newspaper Der Westen (h/t ESPN FC) quotes Schalke general manager Horst Heldt saying:

I have not been told that Julian would like to leave us, either in the winter or the summer. There have not been any requests from any club regarding Julian.

It boils down to wild speculation, which has been happening in England. The club could have also contacted us if they were interested.

Draxler had been heavily linked with a January move to Arsenal, if they matched the player's release clause of €45.5 million, although the Bundesliga side are not obliged to release him until the clause is activated in the summer.

However, it seems Arsene Wenger is yet to make any official approach to Schalke, and time is ticking toward the end of the winter transfer window.

German football expert and former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft confirmed via Twitter that news of the transfer seems to have died down:

Draxler, a 20-year-old Germany international with experience of Champions League football, had been noted as a player Wenger could develop from a playmaker into a central striker, per John Cross in the Mirror.

Wenger did a similar thing with Robin van Persie, but it seems the summer will be the earliest that Arsenal get their hands on Draxler.

As reported by ESPN, Wenger has admitted he would like to sign another striker this month, and a short-term move may be planned rather than a signing with longer potential such as Draxler.

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov could be available for a small fee.
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov could be available for a small fee.Sang Tan/Associated Press

Dimitar Berbatov is one of the names to have been linked, although Wenger denied he was interested in the Fulham striker, per Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail.

Arsenal could also face competition from Tottenham for Berbatov, according to a report by James Dickenson in the Express.

It is clear Arsenal require some extra firepower to relieve the responsibility on Olivier Giroud's shoulders.

At various times Arsenal's array of attacking midfielders have chipped in with crucial goals to keep the club top of the Premier League, but in order to win the title, Wenger must rotate more than he has been able to so far.

Draxler would have solved more than one problem, providing an extra option out wide in the absence of the injured Theo Walcott, but with 10 days until the deadline shuts, still no contact has been made with the player's club.