Arsenal Transfer News: Julian Draxler Eyes Big Move, Adrien Rabiot Talks Held

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Julian Draxler of Schalke controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge on November 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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This summer has been special for Arsenal fans. Not because Arsene Wenger snapped up the considerable talent of Alexis Sanchez, or filled his squad out with the captures of Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers.

This summer has been special due to the lack of reports linking Julian Draxler with a switch to the Emirates.

Cast your mind back to the January window, when Draxler's alleged move to the Gunners remained "imminent" until Wenger dismissed he was even looking at the player, as reported by the Express

Continued speculation appeared to affect Draxler's form for Schalke, which has now led the versatile German to acknowledge he must improve before elite sides will be interested in his services.

Of course, such quotes gestate the beginning of another transfer saga. The Daily Mail's Oliver Todd indicates Draxler is an Arsenal "target," while citing the player's quotes that were originally reported by Bild:

The (buy-out clause of £37 million) stayed with me. I did not play like 20 clubs were ready to pay this sum for me last season. I have to become attractive to big clubs again.

This season, 10 goals should be possible for me. If our squad stays together, we can compete for the top three places. We can compete with Dortmund and Bayern.

Draxler is a talented player, as highlighted by his place in Germany's World Cup-winning squad, but he has plenty to prove before any club spends a massive amount on his services.

The 20-year-old will need to learn how to deal with pressure during times of speculation, as he's sure to receive plenty more of it across the coming years.

Next season he must focus on helping his current team and not worrying about the future. If Draxler manages to perform, elite clubs will come calling.

Arsenal may be willing to take a punt on another youngster, however. Gary Jones of the Daily Star indicates Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot could be on Wenger's radar: "Reports in France claim that the north London side have opened talks with the French champions over a possible £8m deal for the 19-year-old." 

Although no specific source is given, this is certainly a more attractive price range for Wenger. Rabiot can play anywhere across the midfield and is defensively minded, providing the Arsenal boss with an excellent opportunity to fill a notable gap in his squad.

The Gunners are longing for a quick-thinking, hard-tackling midfield alternative to the likes of Mathieu Flamini, and would be wise to invest in a youngster who can continue to develop.

Sami Khedira has been linked with bringing his experience into this role, but Wenger finally quashed any speculation by indicating he isn't interested, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror:

I don't know who has put Khedira on the market - is it his agent or the press? We were never close to signing him. Jack Wilshere is back fit and in midfield we have offensive midfielders and quite a few box-to-box players.

Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports offers another reason why Khedira isn't to become an Arsenal player:

Wenger's ambitious spending will surely hold Arsenal in good stead for the upcoming campaign. His men performed excellently for the first half of last season but were unable to maintain top spot once the schedule became taxing after Christmas.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Sami Khedira of Real Madrid and Tiago of Club Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball uring the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Phot
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There's a sense that, with one or two further signings, Arsenal could legitimately outline themselves as title contenders once more.

Draxler wasn't the man to achieve this in January and still isn't now, but his future remains bright.

Wenger's ability to attract and develop young talent will forever keep Arsenal in the hunt for players of this ilk, but Rabiot is certainly the more persuasive deal if the reported figures involved are to be believed.

The Gunners can expect to compete across all competitions next season. Wenger will be itching to at least mimic last season's FA Cup triumph and is sure to continue looking at potential signings until the window closes.


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