German football legend who is also the chairman of FC Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refuted rumours making the rounds in the past weeks that the club is interested in Schalke 04 attacking midfielder Julian Draxler.
Reports making the rounds in the English and most especially the German media suggest that Draxler was a major target for the European Champions. Speaking to Die Welt am Sonntag poured cold water on such rumours. The German legend claimed in the interview that Draxler was never a part of their transfer targets for the summer.
“We are not buying any player from (Borussia) Dortmund or Schalke just to hurt these clubs,” he said. “We are just buying players who can give FC Bayern more quality straight away. I can rule out that we will sign Julian Draxler in the summer.”
In what may sound as not too pleasant news in the ears of Gunners fan, Rummenigge also in the same interview ruled out the exit of Arsenal target Mario Mandzukic in the summer.
“I am aware that several clubs are interested in him but I think he will stay past the end of this season,” the FC Bayern Chairman said.
“I am noticing something by the players. They know what it means to play for Bayern and they appreciate it.
“They live in a beautiful city, a beautiful stadium, the best manager and the club is well known internationally.”
Draxler who in the past transfer window was heavily linked to us has a release clause of about £37 Million depending on which source you believe. There were reports in the past claiming that the player had already been shown round the Emirate Stadium.
Do we actually need another midfielder considering the fact that we are well equipped in that area? Fillers from the press and other sources close to the team suggest that the manager intends to convert Draxler into a striker just like he did in the case of RVP. Should this theory be true, then it might as well mean that Wenger may not be going for an established striker in the summer; and this may not be music in the ears of every gunner.
Draxler is not yet the finished product; but there is no denying the fact that the potentials are there.