Arsenal’s Hopes Of Signing Julian Draxler Dashed By Rivals Tottenham

By on January 16, 2014

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.

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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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Are Spurs right to block Holtby’s move to prevent Arsenal signing Draxler? How do Gunners fans feel about this? Share your views below.

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3 Comments

  1. sammy

    January 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

    well done levy for blocking the scam and about podolsky what do you expect from hitler men
    yids 4 ever

  2. soldier

    January 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Schalke 04 are looking to finance the return of their former wide attacker Lewis Holtby from Tottenham in the January transfer window and it looks as though they could be doing so with a big sale of another forward.

    Holtby only moved to the Premier League in January of 2013, and although he has had over 35 appearances for Spurs in a year’s time, the 23-year-old German international looks to be out of the future plans of both Daniel Levy and Tim Sherwood according to Sky Sports.

    Tottenham are expected to sell Holtby potentially as early as before their match this weekend with Swansea City as Spurs need some money in the bank before Sherwood can try and convince Levy of some new targets to bring into the side.

    With Jermaine Defoe already set to take his leave in February a new striker is looking one of the most likely needs for the side to address before the end of January.

    The sale of Holtby could potentially bring in enough for the edition of a new first team attacker that will fight for a place with Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Schalke on the other hand will be looking to spend as soon as they complete their likely sale of Julian Draxler to Arsenal and the major sum of likely £30 million or more will have plenty to complete the return of Holtby and potentially more.

  3. dave

    January 17, 2014 at 4:14 am

    If he has a release clause and arsenal pay it, then it doesn’t really matter about holtby does it? If the release clause is triggered there is sod all Schlake can do!

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