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Juventus prepare final £19m for Arsenal target Julian Draxler

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Juventus are preparing to hand Schalke a final offer for long-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler, believed to be in the region of £19 million.

The Old Lady have been chasing the Germany international star throughout the summer and it is understood this bid will be their final offer to the German club this summer.

Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of Draxler for some time, and tried to bring the 21-year-old to the Emirates last summer, but it is believed the Gunners will not be going head-to-head with the Italian outfit.

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According to talkSPORT, via Gazetta dello Sport, the Italian champions are the only club that Draxler could leave Schalke for this summer.

The Italian publication believe the Champions League finalists are preparing to offer the German star a five-year deal, worth around £2.5m-per-season.

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Arsenal have been linked with Draxler once again this summer, but with the embarrassment of riches in the attacking midfield positions at the Emirates, it appears the German is not high on Wenger's list of priorities.

ARSENAL NEED REINFORCEMENTS; AND NOT UPFRONT

Two games into the new season and there are some obvious areas in the Arsenal team that need strengthening before another attacking midfielder is brought in.

The central defensive midfield position is an area of concern for the Gunners with Francis Coquelin the only viable option in the current crop of players.

Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini could also play in that position, but neither player seems up to the quality of winning the Premier League title.

Central defence is another area where Arsenal could do with strengthening. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have formed a formidable partnership at the Emirates, however both players are prone to severe lapses of concentration at times.

Despite Cech's glaring error for the opening goal in the defeat to West Ham, Koscielny had allowed Cheikhou Kouyate to escape from him. An injury to either of their starting centre-backs would leave Arsenal thin on the ground in that position.

Arsenal fans, what position do you need to strengthen before the window closes? Have your say below!

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