Arsenal encouraged to bid for Julian Draxler

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Schalke 04 may be forced to sell Julian Draxler this month and will listen to a new offer from Arsenal or any other interested party, according to leading German football journalist.

Draxler has been consistently linked with a whole host of Europe's leading clubs over the last 12 months, after bursting on to the scene with a string of fine performances for Schalke that bely his tender age of 20.

The Gunners are yet to make a move for Draxler in January but Raphael Honigstein believes that Schalke would be receptive to an offer approaching his reported £40m release clause.

Schalke knocked back a tentative summer enquiry from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, which led to a successful switch in targets and the shock £42.4m summer acquisition of Mesut Ozil.

Honigstein thinks that Schalke have been forced to change tact by financial concerns and are prepared to compensate for Draxler's exit either in January or this summer, particularly given the cut-price deal done last week that secured Sidney Sam's services for next season.

He tweeted earlier tonight: "Schalke are begging for a Draxler bid.

"Whenever a club/player talks too much about selling/leaving, I'm very suspicious.

"The story that Draxler was ready to go to Arsenal in the summer emanated in Germany. Now Schalke are saying they might have to sell..."

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has done little to dampen speculation, with quotes attributed to him earlier this week in Bild admitting that are external factors he cannot influence concerning Draxler's continued presence at the Veltins Arena.

Wenger would likely need to approach the club-record fee he paid for Ozil last summer to sign another German international in Draxler, an attacking midfielder who could help in small part compensate for Theo Walcott's long-term absence through injury.

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