Reports coming out of the transfer gossip columns suggests a new turn in the tables for Arsenal’s interest in young German international Julian Draxler. Draxler has been linked with the Gunners for a substantial amount of the January transfer window and before, but as of yet nothing on the subject seems to have changed. But with less than 10 days now remaining in the window, Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping Arsene Wenger can pull off another big money deal, even if it follows the fashion of the summer 2013 deadline day.
So far, Arsenal has supposedly offered around £35 million to Schalke for Draxler, which was reportedly rejected. However due to the fact this news wasn’t picked up by the likes of the BBC and Sky Sports, I would suggest that there was probably little truth in that bid. I think there is probably little more than registered interest at this stage from Arsenal, although Schalke will be more than aware of how desperate the Gunners are for their young sensation.
This has led to the latest reports coming from the national newspapers that suggest Arsenal could be willing to offer Lukas Podolski plus money for Draxler, which would see one German leave the club for another. The Sun newspaper reports that a £20 million deal plus Podolski could be offered to the German club, whilst other reports from the Metro and Daily Mail suggest other similar offers.
Although the media seems collective in stating Arsenal’s interest that lack of significant truth in the sums involved suggests that there’s nothing really too concrete in this move and that Arsenal fans shouldn’t start getting too excited, at least for the time being. Personally I think Podolski is worth well in excess of £13 million, especially if De Bruyne has just been sold for £17 million by Chelsea. Therefore a value of Podolski and over £20m is just far too much for Draxler despite his potential ability.
Prices may be inflated in January but there is no way that the Gunners should be looking to spend such money and besides that surely I’m not the only one who still believes Podolski can do a good job for the team. Should we even offer them Podolski or just more cash?