The truth comes out about Draxler? by Ash
Although the transfer window has now passed for the season and will not re-open until the summer, by which time Arsenal will have hopefully won the Premier League or if we are lucky even potentially secured a double, one Arsenal transfer target has revealed exactly what seems to be going on with his current situation.
Julian Draxler conjured up an amount of transfer speculation, similar to the amount Luis Suarez also attained from the Gunners in the summer of last year. Suarez was a deal that took up the best part of the summer, whilst similarly; Draxler was a persistent rumour throughout the January transfer window. Although it’s unclear how far negotiations went for the young German international, what is certain is that interest at the very least was definitely confirmed. Some speculate that talks took place about a summer agreement, whilst some also suggest that an opening bid was made after long negotiations between the two clubs, but regardless of the situation, we currently find ourselves without Draxler for the second half of the season.
On transfer deadline day last week, a late report from an unconfirmed source spread a rumour that Arsenal made a last minute £40 million bid, which many believed was for Draxler. Although nothing happened, and it led to the guessable response that it was probably a false alarm, what seems to be true is that Draxler certainly did have an offer during the window.
He previously said to the German press, “The fact is, Horst Heldt had offers for me this winter. I’m happy about that. On the other hand, it shows the respect I enjoy at this club, even if Heldt refuses without me being asked. I wasn’t too aware of everything that was going on in the media because I was concentrating on getting back to fitness. Of course I wasn’t completely unaware of everything that was being said but I know the truth of the story so I didn’t let it drive me crazy.”
But rather more interestingly, in this report from the Daily Star, sporting director, Horst Heldt states that Draxler is not interested in joining German rivals Bayern Munich despite the speculation that interest from the German champions stopped Arsenal’s deal.
Hedlt said: “I can rule out, 100 per cent, that Julian Draxler wants to go to Bayern.”
To be honest, although Draxler would have boosted our mentality off the pitch as well as with his ability on the pitch, the fact that we didn’t get him in January isn’t all necessarily bad. There is no doubt his price was over inflated for starters, whilst the fact the side already has a very strong midfield could have caused an upset rather than boost the spirits. So although everyone is disappointed we could only pull off a deal for Kim Kallstrom, at the end of the day, if Wenger truly wants this player, then I have every confidence that he will give it a good go to see Draxler in an Arsenal shirt next season.