Arsenal’s Hopes Of Signing Julian Draxler Dashed By Rivals Tottenham
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Julian Draxler this month have been dashed after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy vetoed the proposed loan move of Lewis Holtby to Schalke
With the January transfer window now open for business clubs will be working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Tottenham’s plans could force Gunners to wait for Draxler.
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Julian Draxler this month have been dashed after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy vetoed the proposed loan move of Lewis Holtby to Schalke because he doesn’t want to help his rivals land the talented German, according to the Mirror.
Arsenal’s interest in Draxler has dominated many of the back pages this week with widespread reports suggesting the Gunners had brought forward plans to sign him in the summer and were now trying to lure him to the Emirates this month.
The 20-year-old has a £37m release clause written into his contract and Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has hinted the club would be unable to stop the attacking midfielder leaving if a club meets that figure:
“We are still hopeful Julian (Draxler) is to stay on at our club. However, there are certain arrangements we cannot change.” Heldt is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
With the Gunners stepping up their attempts to sign Draxler, Schalke have started to look for potential replacements and the Mirror claim the German’s wanted to bring unsettled Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby back to the club on loan to fill the void, should Draxler make the move to the Emirates.
Holtby has barely been used under new boss Tim Sherwood and with the World Cup on the horizon, the report suggests that the 23-year-old has asked to leave White Hart Lane on loan in order to secure more regular action during the second half of the season and a return to the Veltins-Arena – where he spent four years between 2009-2013 – looked like a viable option.
However, the newspaper claims that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has now blocked any loan move to Schalke as he doesn’t want to ‘help’ rivals Arsenal by giving the Bundesliga club a ready-made replacement for Draxler.
It’s a situation we’ve seen before when Spurs sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid allowing the Gunners to sign Mesut Ozil, and it seems Levy is keen to prevent it happening again.
The news will come as something of a blow to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is being tipped to add to his attacking options this month following the news that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season, and it seems the Frenchman had identified Draxler as the man to help fire them to the Premier League title. But they may now face an up-hill battle to persuade Schalke to sell if they can’t get their hands on Holtby.
There’s still the possibility that Schalke may sell their star man even if they don’t bring in a replacement, but the likelihood is that Arsenal may have to wait until the summer when they’ll have more time to finally land Draxler.
It’s certainly an interesting situation that no doubt has plenty more twists and turns, and we’ll bring you all the latest developments as they happen.
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