Schalke confirm bid was lodged for Draxler last month

Published Add your comment

Football News

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has revealed there was an offer submitted for Arsenal transfer target Julian Draxler last month - but refused to be drawn on the identity of the bidder.

Arsenal were heavily linked with the 20-year-old Germany international in January, with reports even suggesting that the Gunners sent a delegation of team officials to negotiate the transfer.

And, as reported by, Heldt has admitted Schalke did receive an offer for their star playmaker but he refused to confirm or deny whether that was from Arsenal.

"Julian was constantly [talked about] on forums, in German and especially England newspapers," he told

"There was a lot of talk about offers that simply did not exist at that time. But right at the end of the transfer period there was a request and an offer.

"There was one phone call with one club and a fee was proposed. We discussed it and unanimously turned it down."

But when asked if the club was Arsenal, Heldt said: "You can think what you want."

The Gunners interest in Draxler reportedly stepped up towards the end of the January window, as boss Arsene Wenger looked to draft in reinforcements to carry the club's momentum forward into the second half of the campaign.

But the two clubs could not agree on a fee for Draxler, who has stayed put in Germany. Draxler reportedly has a £40m buy-out clause in his Schalke contract.

Arsenal only signed one player in the January transfer window, Kim Kallstrom, and they take on Liverpool today in the Premier League.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:


Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again