The emergence of Max Meyer at Schalke could reportedly soften the blow dealt were Arsenal target Julian Draxler to leave the German club during the summer transfer window of next year.
Meyer has been impressing with the club's second-string so far this season and, after a composed performance for the seniors against SV Darmstadt 98 this week, German newspaper Bild are calling him the 'new Draxler'.
The 18-year-old was praised by Schalke general manager as the 'best man on the pitch' for his display in their German Cup victory, and head coach Jens Keller has confirmed Meyer will continue to be given more first-team opportunities.
Meyer could make his next appearance as early as Saturday - and may do so in place of Draxler - with the Germany international currently struggling with injury ahead of the clash with Hoffenheim.
The rise to prominence of Meyer would appear to place Schalke in a more comfortable position were Draxler to leave the club, with most recent reports claiming Arsenal and Juventus are leading the chasing pack for the young midfielder.
Arsenal have been credited with interest in Draxler since early 2012, although are yet to have made a formal approach for the 20-year-old, with Juventus poised to make their interest known.
Draxler could reportedly cost Arsenal around £34 million were they to successfully bring the Germany international to the Emriates Stadium.