Arsene Wenger is targeting Lazio veteran Miroslav Klose and Real Madrid rookie Alvaro Morata as alternatives to first-choice forward target DraxlerEXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Arsenal have targeted Miroslav Klose or Alvaro Morata as a short-term solution to their striker shortage in the event that they cannot seal a sensational late deal for Julian Draxler, Goal can reveal.
The Gunners are still locked in negotiations with Schalke as they try to broker an agreement for German starlet Draxler ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.
Arsene Wenger is willing to pay between £25 million and £30m for Draxler, while Schalke value the 20-year-old at £37.2m - the release clause figure inserted in the five-year contract he signed last summer.
Any deal is also complicated by the Bundesliga club's desire to sign a replacement before sanctioning the forward's departure.
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Klose is 35 but is expected to be in the Germany squad at this summer's World Cup and remains a regular scorer for club and country.
Morata, 21, is at the other end of the age scale but is only on the fringes of the Real team and Madrid might consider a half-season in England a valuable learning experience for the Spain Under-21s international.
As revealed by Goal, a club delegation has been in Germany this week to negotiate deals for Draxler and Frankfurt right-back Sebastian Jung.
While the Gunners are still hopeful of pushing through the Draxler deal before Friday’s deadline, Schalke chief Horst Heldt has publicly claimed that he is "very sure" that the forward will remain with the German outfit for this season and "probably even longer".
If the Gunners cannot finalise a transfer for the forward, they are expected to make another move in the summer. Similarly, Arsenal are putting in the groundwork now for a Jung deal this summer should contract rebel Bacary Sagna not sign a new agreement.
Arsenal are also attempting to sign a midfielder before the window shuts. They have made an enquiry for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin after learning that Blaise Matuidi is set to sign a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.