Arsenal are reported to be considering a formal approach for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler before the close of the January transfer window. The Germany international has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt conceded on Friday that the club may lose the 20-year-old, despite only signing a new contract last summer, and Goal.com claims the Premier League champions could make a bid.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reported to have identified Draxler as a player capable of bolstering his attacking options following injury to Theo Walcott as he believes the young player could be developed into a centre-forward.
Walcott will be missing for the remainder of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the FA Cup victory over Tottenham, which has reinforced Arsenal's need for new recruits.
Schalke, though, will surely feel under no obligation to sell their prized asset during January given that they have the security of a £40 million release clause written into the deal he signed at the end of last season.
The Bundesliga club, however, appear to have already made plans for the potential departure of Draxler having secured the acquisition of attacking midfielder Sidney Sam from Bayer Leverkusen.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are also reported to be tracking Draxler as David Moyes bids to bring a creative midfield player to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline later this month.