Arsenal concede to Bayern Munich in Julian Draxler race

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Bayern Munich have offer Schalke payment for Julian Draxler now but will allow the player to stay until 2015, according to Norwegian journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft.

The German winger is one of the most sought after players in the January transfer window and is set to inspire further interest in the summer.

Arsenal were favourites to sign Draxler in January but now face stiffer competition in the summer from Manchester United manager David Moyes. The Daily Star claimed that the Red Devils were ready to battle the Gunners for the 20-year-old, who has a £37m release clause.

However, the Premier League rivals are now playing second fiddle to Bundesliga juggernauts Bayern Munich after they reportedly offered Schalke an almost unmatchable deal for the starlet.

According to Fjortoft, who famously revealed Arsenal's interest in Mesut Ozil first, Bayern Munich have told Schalke they can receive part of the fee for Draxler now and still keep the player until 2015.

He also claims that officials at Arsenal conceded defeat in the race for Draxler the moment Bayern Munich entered the fray. With Bayern's bigger resources and the potential to work Pep Guardiola it would be hard to see Draxler choosing the Premier League over the Allianz Arena.

However, Fjortoft says Draxler is yet to make up his mind regarding his future. With his first World Cup just around the corner, it would be no surprise to see the 20-year-old putting his future plans to one side in order to focus on his football.

Arsenal and Manchester United can be boosted by the fact that Draxler, at the tender age of 17, said he would never leave Schalke for Bayern Munich. We all know how things can change in football though.

Fjortoft's original tweets read: "I understand Bayern will try to make a deal with Schalke where they pay part of fee now, but Draxler will come to Bayern 2015."

And followed that with: "I have been told that Arsenal felt they "lost" player when Bayern entered the stage. But I understand player hasn't decided yet."

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