Saturday, 31 August 2013

Arsenal to make audacious move for Schalke starlet Draxler

After failing to land their main targets the Gunners will make a desperate bid to tempt the Bundesliga club into parting company with one of German football's brightest talents.
Arsenal have turned their attention to Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler as they attempt to salvage a botched transfer window, Goal can reveal.

The Gunners have made an enquiry for the attacking midfielder after struggling to land some of their top targets.

Schalke value Draxler, who has earned six Germany caps at the age of 19 and is widely regarded as one the hottest emerging players in Europe, at the £40 million mark.

It is the latest in a string of increasingly scattergun moves by Arsene Wenger for marquee talent in the final stages of what has been a frustrating summer of activity for the club.

Arsenal have moved for Draxler amid growing doubts about whether they can capture Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid before Monday night's deadline.

Real have indicated they are willing to accept Arsenal's £25.6m bid for the Argentine but the deal has stalled due to Tottenham delaying Gareth Bale's world-record transfer to Real Madrid.

There are also doubts about whether Di Maria is willing to swap the Spanish giants for north London even though he could be the odd one out of the attacking misfielders available to manager Carlo Ancelotti this season.

The offer for Di Maria remains on the table but the Londoners are wary of waiting too long to capture the former Benfica man and risk failing to land any big-name stars.

Arsenal remain in the hunt for Wayne Rooney but have all but abandoned hope of signing other targets Luis Suarez or Karim Benzema.

Wenger also wants to add a midfielder - a second bid for Yohan Cabaye is still a possibility - and a goalkeeper, with Asmir Begovic the No.1 target.

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