Arsenal & Schalke fight over future of £30m starlet

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Arsenal and Schalke are at transfer loggerheads over £30million-rated starlet Julian Draxler, according to sources in Italy.

The youngster’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the last few months and it was reported yesterday that Arsene Wenger had sent representatives to negotiate with Schalke over the possibility of signing the German, but now it appears that they may have hit a stumbling block in the talks.

Draxler, widely regarded as one of the top rising talents in European football, is wanted by Wenger as he looks to improve his squad depth, with some sources claiming that the Frenchman has the intention to mould him in the style of Robin van Persie.

However if reports in Italy are to be believed then the transfer may not end up happening at all. It’s claimed that whilst Arsenal are keen to bring in Draxler this month, with a view to him aiding their Premier League title charge, his current club want to keep him for the remainder of the season before letting him leave in June.

It remains to be seen whether or not Wenger can sway their minds but as of yet the ball looks as though it remains very much in Schalke’s court.

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