Serie A champions Juventus have been given the green light to sign Schalke star Julian Draxler, after the Bundesliga club confirmed they can hold talks with the playmaker.
Draxler has been strongly linked with a move away from Schalke in recent years, with a move to the Premier League expected last January.
The 21-year-old was being monitored by Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger desperate to sign him and convert him into a striker.
However, the Frenchman was put off signing him after Schalke wanted nearly £40million for him.
Despite it only being a year on, Schalke are now believed to be wanting just £17.5m for the midfielder and have confirmed that if he wants to, he can hold talks with Juve over a potential deal.
The Old Lady are in the market for midfielders after losing both Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo.
Vidal has agreed a deal in principle to join Bayern Munich after the German champions confirmed a fee had been agreed, whilst Pirlo has moved to America to play for MLS side New York City.
Massimiliano Allegri has already been busy in the transfer window this summer, signing several forwards to replace Carlos Tevez and potentially Fernando Llorente, who is being linked with a move away from Turin.
Tevez has already left the club and re-joined boyhood club Boca Juniors back in Argentina, whilst Llorente is linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.
However, Allegri is now turning his attentions to the midfield after losing two regulars and Draxler is a target.
The Italian manager admitted that a play-maker was on his wishlist, with Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Oscar all mentioned, but it looks like Draxler could be the most realistic option.
Juve have been dealt a major boost in their pursuit as Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt has confirmed that the club can hold talks with the midfielder if they want him.
Heldt then confirmed that no formal bid has been made as of yet.
Schalke Discuss Deal
“If Juventus want him, then things can move forward,” Heldt told Kicker. “We haven’t received an offer, and if we did then we’re in a position to reject it. In any case, we’ll worry about that when we get an offer.
“We want to play fair, Juve asked us if they could speak with Julian, and we said yes with confidence.”