Julian Draxler has expressed his determination to prove that he is worth his extortionate £37million buyout clause, and wants big clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United to be interested in him once more.
According to the Daily Express, citing an interview the youngster had with German publication Bild, Draxler is all too aware that his performances last season did little to justify the price tag Schalke have put on his head. The 20-year-old has attracted attention from a host of high-profile outfits thanks to his burgeoning status in the Bundesliga, but he knows it will take more than reputation alone for clubs to pay close to £40million for his signature.
“The [buy-out clause] stayed with me,” he said.
"I did not play like 20 clubs were ready to pay this sum for me last season. I have to become attractive to big clubs again.
"Now I know what it's meant to be the bogeyman. After the derby loss to Dortmund, it felt like I was the only one who was blamed for it."
Though highly lauded by Schalke, and having been registered as the darling boy of German football for some years now, Draxler’s personal records have yet to speak for themselves. Having only scored 15 goals in 101 Bundesliga outings the starlet must now prove that he can deliver on the biggest stages, and perhaps a move away to a more creative team would be beneficial.
For Draxler has been considered the main man at Schalke for some time now, and the added weight of expectation is unlikely to be doing his development any good. That being said if he were to be part of some colossal deal involving a £37million sum then the pressure would hardly be reduced.
Of all the clubs who have been linked with the youngster it’s Arsenal who are perhaps the most suited for him in the long-run. Arsene Wenger has a stellar reputation when it comes to developing promising talent, and the Gunners’ need for another frontman could well make a deal feasible.
However Wenger isn’t going to be quick to consent to any mass financial outlay, particularly given the fact that he’s already splashed to sign Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina, and it’s more than likely Draxler will have to improve his form if he is to earn his big move.
The German influx
Alongside the aforementioned Bundesliga sensation, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels have also been linked with transfers to the Premier League. Khedira’s talents are being sought by the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, whilst Hummels finds himself the relative apple of Louis van Gaal’s eye at Manchester United.
Given Germany’s success at the World Cup it’s unsurprising to see so many of their stars linked with moves to English shores, though as of yet it remains to be seen whether or not any of them will be playing Premier League football next season.