Arsenal make new bid of €30 million with future incentives based on performances as they step up efforts to sign FC Schalke 04 ace Julian Draxler in January.
Arsenal have made a bid of €30 million (approximately £24.9m) plus performance related incentives for FC Schalke 04 attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners have been linked with the Germany international since the middle of 2013, when they were thought to be bringing the 20 year-old in as their major summer signing prior to Mesut Ozil’s arrival, and it appears that Arsene Wenger remains interested in a deal.
Draxler has a release clause of €45 million, but because the youngster has made clear his desire to move to Emirates Stadium, FC Schalke 04 are talking with Arsenal representatives in Germany.
They may be prepared to do business at the lower initial price because of the add-ons the Gunners are offering for appearances, team trophies and international caps.
Draxler has grown into one of the Gelsenkirchen side’s most important players since making his debut as a teenager, and is now a player his team-mates turn to for inspiration.
The youngster scored 13 goals and supplied 7 assists in 39 matches last season, and this term already has 5 goals and 8 assists in his 24 club games.
The German is capable of playing across the attacking line, and has shown signs he could be developed into a central striker.
Arsenal have six days in which to complete the deal.