From the Soccer Yanks Rumor Desk:
As rumor has it — the German contingent at the Emirates is expected to grow. The latest news circulating all the normal transfer rumor dispensaries is that Schalke 04’s young protégé Julian Draxler is set to join Arsenal before the January window closes shut for the rest of winter.
The 20 year-old Draxler is drawing similarities to the likes of former Arsenal elite scorers Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie. The hope is that he can transition in the same vein as Henry and van Persie, from the wing to the penalty spot. The masses have prophesized that Draxler will become (under Wenger’s tutelage) a wunderkind striker.
But does this transfer make sense for Arsenal, today, in this current transfer window? Financially, Schalke are in a better place than they were a few years ago, still under debt, but a manageable burden. Arsenal, masters of the balanced check book, are notorious bargain shoppers with Wenger at the helm. Even considering the $70M dished out for Ozil in the summer, it was a steal in comparison to the ransoms being squandered during the 2013 summer window. Case in point: Falcao ($81M) and Bale ($130M). Draxler has a reported release clause that will kick in this coming summer at around $62M. If this holds water, then Schalke would likely try to negotiate for more now, knowing the price will be fixed in the summer. This is based on the assumption his value will continue to rise, with no current reason to believe otherwise. The ever so patient Wenger, will gladly save the few extra million, in exchange for waiting a few more months.
But that’s not really why this doesn’t make sense for Arsenal. It doesn’t make sense because Arsenal do not need to add another body in the midfield. They need to find cover for their lone healthy striker, Oliver Giroud. Yes – the expectation is that he will be a striker. Is it reasonable that Arsenal would spend elite levels of cash for a player that they hope to one day will be cover for Giroud? Both Henry and RVP took years to become strikers. The title is on the line now.