Arsenal supporters were left ruing the failure to sign Schalke’s Julian Draxler in the recent transfer window, especially as their side falters in the Premier League title race.
Now The Mirror reveals the reason that their highly publicised pursuit to sign the German attacking midfielder suffered a negative outcome was due to the Gunners failing to meet their asking price.
Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt has confirmed that Arsene Wenger had submitted an offer for Draxler, but it fell short of their valuation, though to be around £38 million.
Speaking to German TV channel SPORT1, Heldt said: “It was a lot of money, but it wasn’t enough for us.”
Heldt went on to dismiss speculation that Champions League and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich had also made an offer for Draxler.
Asked if there was any truth in reports of a rumoured bid from the Bavarian giants, Heldt replied: “No, definitely not.”
Despite speculation to the contrary, the Gunners suffered a disappointing transfer window with Wenger unable to reduce the mounting pressure on lead striker Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium.
Instead Swedish international Kim Kallstrom was only winter arrival as Wenger missed the chance to assert pressure on their title rivals.
It was later revealed that the Spartak Moscow man has a back injury, and he is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.
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