The chairman of the Bundesliga champions has said it is just rumours.
The future of Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler remains in the balance as Bayern Munich dismiss the rumours and open the door for Arsenal to make a move.
There were reports that Bayern had tied up a deal for the Germany international and the switch would happen in the summer, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rumminegge has dismissed that speculation.
“Such rumours are ridiculous, absolutely nonsense,” Rummenigge was quoted by Die Welt.
“Every day a news item comes out and I can only laugh about it. We also talked about it with Schalke, and we agree on this. I just can’t explain how these rumours come out. Maybe somebody doesn’t sleep well at night.”
Draxler has a £37m release clause which Schalke have openly admitted and the Bundesliga club are fully prepared to lose their best player in the summer.
A bid was made for the 20-year-old in the recent January transfer window, but it did not meet the buyout fee and therefore the attacking midfielder was not sold.
These comments from Rumminegge shows that the team to make this offer was not Bayern, suggesting that the Gunners did make a move for Draxler after all.
Manager Arsene Wenger has refused to give any information either way on the subject, although there were reports that the German toured the north London side’s training facilities.
Draxler himself has also admitted that Wenger’s team are an attractive prospect and with the club already having four Germans in their squad – Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski – settling in at the Emirates Stadium should not be a problem.
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