A deadline day bid from an anonymous club was made for Arsenal and Manchester United target Julian Draxler, according to the Express.
The German youngster is coveted by a number of top European clubs and was expected to join the Gunners on the last day of the January transfer window, but no agreement was made to take him away from Schalke.
However now the Bundesliga giants’ sporting director, Horst Heldt, has revealed that a late bid was in fact made for the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £37million. Although not going in the financial details of the offer, nor naming any clubs, Heldt did state that Schalke had received a bid for their prized youngster.
“I can confirm that there was a request," Heldt said.
"It had the dimension of a transfer that you don't do any day of the week. It was a decent deal, but insufficient for us to accept. It came from a club to the north of us."
The Express claims that due to the geographical location of London in relation to Schalke, the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea can be ruled out of the equation, as can German rivals Bayern Munich, who are now thought to have added their names to the list of clubs chasing him, as they lie south of Draxler's club.
What’s more interesting is the fact that it doesn’t mean the reigning Premier League champions United couldn’t have made an approach, particularly given the fact that they’ve been credited with strong interest recently.
It’s likely that the chase for Draxler’s signature will roll over into the summer, but the team who will ultimately win him for the future remains just as much a mystery as the team who attempted to bring him in last week.