Schalke have given an indication that Arsenal target Julian Draxler is on his way out of the club after coach Jens Keller admitted he could not plan for next season with him in mind.
Arsene Wenger was heavily linked with a possible move for the young playmaker and Schalke revealed they had turned down a bid, thought to be from the Gunners, during the January transfer window.
The Arsenal boss is reportedly a great admirer of Draxler and it has been confirmed by the Veltins-Arena club that he has a release clause in his contract that becomes active in the summer, reportedly in the region of £37million, and Keller admitted this meant he could not expect to keep the 20-year-old.
“I am delighted that we have him on board for the second half of the season but, because of his clause, he can leave when a club puts the money on the table,” he is quoted as saying in an ESPN report.
“That’s why I can’t plan with him, because it is just not in my or our hands.”
Arsenal's heavy links with Draxler have meant lots of people expecting Draxler to make the switch once the summer window opens, but reports earlier this month suggested that Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich could also be readying a bid for him.
Wenger will be worried if Bayern do get involved as, even with the Gunners new spending power, they could struggle to match the prestige of the Bavarian club, the fame of Pep Guardiola as a manager and the greater chance of silverware.