Manchester United & Arsenal target Julian Draxler could leave

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Julian Draxler, one of the most sought after footballers in Europe, could leave Scahlke 04 this month, admits sporting director Horst Heldt.

Despite being just 20-year-old, Draxler has already established himself as a key player for Schalke, conjuring up 10 caps for Germany in the process.

His fine form on the wing has inspired interest from a host of top clubs with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all believed to be interested in the player.

Although signing a new long term contract in the summer, keeping him at the Veltins Arena until 2018, he will be able to leave the club in the summer if a release clause of €45m is met.

Speculation increased that Schalke were preparing for Draxler's imminent departure when they signed Sidney Sam on a pre-contract.

Now speculation has reached fever pitch after Heldt admitted they have little control over Draxler's future.

"We still hope that Julian stays, but there are elements we can't influence," he told Bild.

Arsene Wenger was thought to be favourite to land the German youngster, with reports suggesting that Draxler prefers a move to the Gunners over their Premier League rivals thanks to their German players.

Currently Arsenal boast the likes of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski while youngster Serge Gnabry is set to burst on the scene as well.

But David Moyes and Jose Mourinho are likely to provide strong competition when the clause becomes active with both managers showing a willingness to spend big in the transfer window.

Mourinho forked out over £30m to bring Willian to Stamford Bridge while Moyes tried in vain to make a big money signing to impress the Manchester United faithful following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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