Arsenal Transfer News: Horst Heldt Discusses Gunners' Bid for Julian Draxler

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Julian Draxler of Germany warms up during a training session at Wembley Stadium ahead of their International Friendly against England on November 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's January interest in Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler was a massive talking point over the course of the winter transfer window, but the Miners' sporting director, Horst Heldt, said the Gunners wouldn't stump up enough cash for his services. 

That's according to a report from The Mirror's Eliot Rothwell, who also denies that Bayern Munich are lurking around their starlet's services.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 12:  Julian Draxler of Schalke looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray AS at Veltins-Arena on March 12, 2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by La
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Speaking to German television channel SPORT1, Heldt said: "It was a lot of money, but it wasn't enough for us."

Rothwell also touches on the €44.5 million (£37 million) release clause that has been supposed for some time to exist in Draxler's contract, a fee that no club has yet been able to match.

FIFA social media manager Alex Stone tweeted a story from German newspaper Bild, which hints at Bayern making a big-money move for Draxler, arguably spoiling any hopes Arsene Wenger's side might have of bringing the youngster in:

German football great Gunter Netzer is quoted by Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft as saying that the prodigious maestro should remain where he is for now:

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Draxler has been out for several months with a thigh injury, but remains one of Schalke's brightest gems, despite being moved out to the left wing more regularly this term, Max Meyer taking up his preferred central attacking midfield role.

Arsenal already have a wealth of creative talent in their squad with Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain able to play in a similar position.

However, that hasn't stopped Wenger going in for one of Germany's fastest-rising prospects, with 10 caps for the national team already to his name.

The 20-year-old has made 14 Bundesliga appearances this term, making five assists and scoring one goal in the process, per Transfermarkt.

One can debate as to how great the need is for Draxler at the Emirates Stadium right now, especially given that the squad would appear to be in direr need of reinforcements elsewhere.

However, latest revelations would appear to suggest that the North London outfit are very much in the market for another fine German talent, this time with eyes on Gelsenkirchen.