Why and how Arsenal FC failed to sign Julian Draxler has remained shrouded with mystery and the latest addition to this transfer saga are Bayern Munich.

Julian Draxler has been in the news since summer as Arsenal have showed immense interest in the German international. After missing out on him at the start of this season, followed by the eventual arrival of Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger set his sight on the highly rated Schalke winger in the January transfer window as he looked to strengthen his side’s chances of competing with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in the title race. But despite reports of an Arsenal bid and negotiators being sent to Germany by the London club, the move failed to materialize.

As the transfer window has closed down and the dust has settled there are still a lot of mystery as to why Arsenal’s attempt to land Draxler in January failed. Initially it was reported that Schalke were unwilling to sell him before summer, whereas later reports in English media suggested that it was Arsene Wenger who pulled the plug of this deal as his valuation of Draxler didn’t match that of Schalke.

Schalke’s director of sports Horst Heldt has now revealed that the club did receive a bid for the 20-year-old winger, but insisted it “”came from a club to the north of us”.

“It had the dimension of a transfer that you don’t do any day of the week.

“It was certainly a decent offer, but it wasn’t sufficient for us. We told Julian our opinion, and that was that.” – Heldt told the press.

Even Julian Draxler also revealed this bid in an interview and he even said that he could have left if not for Heldt’s intervention.

“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.” – The Arsenal transfer target said.


The fact that Heldt insisted that the bid arrived from a club situated north of Schalke gives birth to a lot of questions. Arsenal are certainly not north of Schalke, hence many interpreted this as a possible deadline day bid by Wolfsburg who sold Diego to Atletico Madrid, although this might also suggest some club from Russia. Bundesliga journalist Francois Duchateau though insisted that Heldt needed a geographical lesson as to where London is situated.


But perhaps the most interesting, and certainly worrying for the Arsenal fans, reports is that of Bayern Munich intervening Draxler’s move to Arsenal. The German champions are also reportedly interested in signing Draxler in the summer and in words of former footballer and journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, managed to stop Draxler’s departure from the club.




The addition of Bayern Munich into the mix certainly makes this transfer saga more intriguing to say the least, and perhaps more unpredictable as well. But one thing is for sure, we certainly haven’t heard the last of Arsenal’s interest in Julian Draxler.