Chelsea are set to challenge Arsenal for the signature of Julian Draxler, according to reports.
The Daily Star cite reports in Switzerland when claiming that Jose Mourinho will make a move for the 20-year-old midfielder in the New Year.
Schalke are eager to keep hold of the seven-cap Germany international, the report claims, but a £25million offer could persuade the Bundesliga outfit to part with their priced asset.
Draxler’s price tag comes off the back of a recently signed new contract, with the player putting pen to paper on a deal that could keep him at the Veltins Arena until 2018.
However, that’s not put the Premier League duo off, with the paper claiming that Arsenal first pursued the youngster’s signature during the summer transfer window.
Whilst Arsene Wenger failed to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium, he did add Mesut Ozil to the Gunners’ ranks.
And, the arrival of Draxler would help form a formidable midfield alongside his compatriot and Santi Cazorla at the heart of the Arsenal side.
Mourinho will be eager to stop his rivals from landing the teenager though, and continue Chelsea’s recent record of signing top young players.
The Blues have added Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Wallace and Marco Van Ginkel in the last few years, and Draxler would be another top talent if he were to arrive on the books at Stamford Bridge.
Finding the transfer funds wouldn't be a problem either for Chelsea if owner Roman Abramovich was happy to bankroll the move, but their is still a long way to go before this player arrives in west London.