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Arsenal yet to move for Julian Draxler, say Schalke

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Arsenal's reported intention of signing Julian Draxler in the January transfer window has yet translated itself into an official bid, confirms Schalke's general manager Horst Heldt.

Numerous reports have linked Arsene Wenger with a shock move for the 20-year-old winger, with Goal originally claiming that he had the intention of turning Draxler into a striker.

With Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, Wenger's intention of moving for Draxler in the summer was brought forward, with a number of sources linking Arsenal with a £30m move.

But Draxler, who has a £37m release clause, has failed to inspire one bid from an outside party this month and Heldt confirmed that Arsenal have not been in contact.

Asked about the future of Draxler, Heldt told reporters that any questions on Arsenal's interest in Draxler should be diverted to Wenger, as he knows nothing of their intentions.

"You should ask Mr Wenger, call him. There's no contact with Arsenal or any other club," said Heldt.

"I cannot exclude the option we will sign Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't need to talk about this.

"I understand why you are asking the question but all the topics you mention need to be addressed in London."

Wenger himself has dismissed the rumours as well, insisting he has no need to sign another winger.

Speaking to reporters after Friday's 4-0 over Coventry, Wenger said: "There is nothing happening, honestly no," Wenger said. "We don't need to take players on the flanks - we have 17 players on the flanks."

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