Arsenal dealt double blow in Julian Draxler chase

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Arsenal will be frustrated if they return with a fresh offer for Julian Draxler this summer barring something extraordinary, according to Schalke 04 chairman Clemens Torries.

Draxler was consistently linked with the German international throughout the January transfer window, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was eventually forced to admit defeat in that chase after refusing to meet the playmaker's £40m buyout clause.

The 20-year-old is under contract at the Veltins Arena until 2018 and Schalke have no plans to change their strong stance over building a side around Draxler, despite interest from Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

Royal Blues chairman Torries is adamant the starlet is staying put for at least another year, telling Bild: "If nothing extraordinary happens, Julian will stay with us.

"I am convinced that he will play even longer than this one next season at Schalke. Then we will see"

Unless Wenger is prepared to spend massive money on a German midfield maestro in successive summers Draxler looks set to start next season at Schalke, with the youngster's agent Roger Wittman adamant there is no reason for his client to demand a move elsewhere.

Wittman was also asked by Bild about Draxler and his other client Jefferson Farfan's future, declaring: "Why should a player leave the club if the club have just built a top team?

"I also think it's good if players stick to what they have signed.

"It would take an awful lot to happen for one of the two of them to leave. And even then I'm not sure it would be possible.

"The players understand that there is currently a lot of peace at the club and a lot of optimism about their future there."

Arsenal have the financial muscle to sanction a summer swoop for Draxler, but match Wenger's reluctance to meet his release clause thus far and the World Cup providing another shop window for his talents a summer deal looks unlikely to say the least.

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