Schalke have finally confirmed the identity of the club that failed in a bid for Julian Draxler in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old forward was the subject of intense speculation throughout the transfer window with Arsenal favourites to seal his signature. With his released clause lying at a huge £37m and Schalke unwilling to sell for less, a deal was always unlikely.
Reports went as far to say that Arsene Wenger had commissioned a delegation to fly to Germany to broker a deal for Draxler. However, the German youngster remains very much a Schalke player until the summer at least.
Schalke managing director Horst Heldt told confirmed that a club had bid for the player in January but refused to confirm which one, only saying that it was a club "to the north of us".
But now Heldt has revealed that the mystery bidder, who offered a reported €30m for Draxler, was indeed Arsenal.
Speaking to RP-Online, Heldt said: “We have received an offer for our player from Arsenal, but it was not enough.”
It is not yet known if Arsenal will continue their interest in Draxler into the summer but will have to increase their offer if they hope to seal his signature against Bayern Munich, who are reportedly also interested.
Draxler currently has a contract at the Veltins Arena until June 2018, putting Schalke under no pressure to sell the starlet to Arsenal at the end of the season.