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Schalke confirm bid was lodged for Draxler last month

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Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has revealed there was an offer submitted for Arsenal transfer target Julian Draxler last month - but refused to be drawn on the identity of the bidder.

Arsenal were heavily linked with the 20-year-old Germany international in January, with reports even suggesting that the Gunners sent a delegation of team officials to negotiate the transfer.

And, as reported by Goal.com, Heldt has admitted Schalke did receive an offer for their star playmaker but he refused to confirm or deny whether that was from Arsenal.

"Julian was constantly [talked about] on forums, in German and especially England newspapers," he told Goal.com.

"There was a lot of talk about offers that simply did not exist at that time. But right at the end of the transfer period there was a request and an offer.

"There was one phone call with one club and a fee was proposed. We discussed it and unanimously turned it down."

But when asked if the club was Arsenal, Heldt said: "You can think what you want."

The Gunners interest in Draxler reportedly stepped up towards the end of the January window, as boss Arsene Wenger looked to draft in reinforcements to carry the club's momentum forward into the second half of the campaign.

But the two clubs could not agree on a fee for Draxler, who has stayed put in Germany. Draxler reportedly has a £40m buy-out clause in his Schalke contract.

Arsenal only signed one player in the January transfer window, Kim Kallstrom, and they take on Liverpool today in the Premier League.

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