A whole host of leading Premier League clubs have been warned to relinquish any aspirations of signing one of Germany's young 2014 World Cup winners, as his club insist he is going nowhere.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been credited with an interest in Julian Draxler by the Daily Star, who are reporting quotes from the German press from his club Schalke 04.
"We have absolutely no thoughts about him leaving on short notice. Schalke is the place where he can develop best and I told him that in person," Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies reportedly told Sport Bild.
"My opinion is also, that Julian has developed greatly, especially regarding his personality. He had a setback with his injury and, as with every big player at a young age, he had a weaker period. But Julian will have a fantastic career."
Around this time last year there were numerous reports claiming that Arsenal were on the verge of completing a deal for Draxler and were ready to activate the £37million buy-out clause he has in his contract, which is also referenced in the Star report.
Contradicting reports emerged after the deal failed to materialise, with some claiming that the Gunners were unwilling to meet the buyout clause. However, Draxler went public in the summer with his side of things and claimed that it was he who had turned Wenger down.
"In January, there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay. I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke," the 21-year-old told reporters at the World Cup.
Premier League Puzzler
Manchester United and Chelsea's interest is intriguing, as both have an abundance of talent in the attacking midfield department. Though Draxler is considered one of the most promising young players in Europe at the moment and top clubs are likely to have some interest if he becomes available.
Louis van Gaal is currently playing captain Wayne Rooney in the advanced midfield role, but also has the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria capable of inhabiting the role if needed. Draxler can pay out wide, but id most effective when operating behind strikers.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho can call upon Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle to operate around a lone centre-forward. However, there has been some speculation surrounding the future of the latter and his compatriot may well be lined up as a replacement.
Most Likely Move
Manchester City would likely be the preferred destination if Arsenal's interest from last season is not carried on. James Milner is heading for a free transfer this summer, while Stevan Jovetic has so far failed to make much of an impact since his move from Fiorentina.
Draxler was struck down with a thigh injury in November, partially tearing a tendon in his right thigh, which needed an operation and the club confirmed he would be missing until at least 2015 and the resumption of the Bundesliga following the winter break.
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