Wolfsburg issue statement on Draxler!
As I’m sure you are aware Arsenal target Julien Draxler has spoken out in an official interview with German outlet BILD, about his desire to leave Wolfsburg this summer!
According to Draxler’s quotes in the article, the German international has made it very clear to the board at Wolfsburg that he wishes to leave the club this summer. Draxler mentioned Juventus as a possible destination, after the Italian side failed to agree a fee for the winger last summer. However several media outlets understand that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also keeping tabs on the youngster. Draxler has been a long term target for Arsene Wenger, with Le Prof trying to secure a deal for Draxler whilst he has been at both Schalke and Wolfsburg. A deal was reportedly agreed before Draxler’s move to Wolfsburg, only for Schalke to pull out in the latter stages of the process. Arsene Wenger will now be keeping a close eye on Draxler’s situation, because if the winger is available, Wenger will surely look to make an offer.
Arsenal are actively looking for another wideman this summer having already missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier in the window, whilst rumours of Mahrez to Arsenal only seem to continue. However even with Draxler’s clear desire to leave, it doesn’t seem promising from an Arsenal fans perspective, as Wolfsburg have today issued a strong statement in reply to Draxler’s words.
Wolfsburg announced: “VfL Wolfsburg wish to make it absolutely clear at no time did those responsible at the club make either written nor oral commitments on the transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period, all which is due to end on August, 2016. This is reiterated by a contractual release clause agreed upon with Julian Draxler and his management, which does not come into effect until summer 2017. VfL Wolfsburg will not be selling Julian Draxler during the course of the current transfer period.”
If the strong words in that statement don’t tell you what the club’s intentions are, then quite simply it doesn’t seem as if Arsenal or any other club for that matter, will have much luck in obtaining Draxler’s signature this summer. Of course you never know in football and if an extraordinary offer was to be made, then Wolfsburg would surely consider, especially as they now have a very unhappy player on their books. However it doesn’t seem very Arsenal-like because the Gunners struggle at the best of times when it comes to making suitable offers, so I can’t see Wenger having much luck with his transfer tactics on a club that are seriously frustrated with the conduct of one of their players!