Arsenal Transfer News: Julian Draxler Fee No Obstacle for Gunners in Summer

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2014

Schalke's Julian Draxler during the Champions League group E soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Chelsea FC in Gelsenkirchen       , Germany, Tuesday, Oct.22,2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Arsenal will have no problem meeting Julian Draxler's £37 million buyout clause, as noted by Sky Sports, during the summer after the club netted a five-year sponsorship deal with Puma that is worth up to $250 million.

As reported by CNN, Arsene Wenger can expect significant transfer funds as the new deal becomes active on July 1:

"The money will begin to flow in (in July) and will be available for us to invest in the team," Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis told CNN World Sport.

Wenger has confirmed signings are "unlikely" throughout the January transfer window, per Sky Sports. The Frenchman may already be looking toward the summer to ensure Arsenal receive value for money, as deals traditionally become a tad pricey during the winter market.

Draxler's name continues to circulate when discussing future possibilities for the club but all signs point toward the German international remaining at Schalke until the end of the campaign.

Horst Heldt, general manager at the Bundesliga club, recently suggested there is "no contact with Arsenal or any other club," per Sky Sports.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03:  Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis looks on prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at White Hart Lane on March 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Ge
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Arsenal have also been linked with a cheaper deal for Yoann Gourcuff of Lyon, who would be able to fulfill the Draxler role until a more ambitious bid is launched during the summer, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Wenger is expected to sign a new contract at the Emirates imminently, as Gazidis discussed during his interview with CNN:

We have always been committed to Arsene and he's always been committed to the club. I'm sure Arsene will commit his future to the club, and we will commit ours to his. That will be done at the right time—quietly—and then we will let you guys [the press] know.

Should the long-serving manager put pen to paper, it is a real signal that he will be given decent money to continue building the squad that is currently leading the Premier League.

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Gazidis confirmed the club would invest in "not just big-name signings," meaning fans can expect development to the youth setup, facilities and scouting network.

While many will be frustrated by Wenger's inability to make an offer for Draxler, it appears Arsenal will be in better shape for his potential arrival if he touches down in the summer.

Should the north London outfit face competition for the 20-year-old's signature, the addition of much-needed silverware to the trophy room could secure Draxler's services if the club's additional funds don't come in handy.