'There was a request and an offer' - Schalke chief confirms Draxler talks

The Bundesliga club held discussions regarding the Germany international during the final week of the transfer window, but a formal bid was "unanimously" rejected by the board
Hassan Talib Haji

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has confirmed that a late bid was made for star man Julian Draxler during the transfer window, but stopped short of confirming Arsenal as the interested party.

Goal revealed that the Gunners had dispatched a team to negotiate a deal for the 20-year-old Germany international during the final week of the January window.

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A deal failed to materialise, however, with the north London club failing to match Schalke's valuation for the youngster, and Heldt has revealed that he had been in negotiations and received an official offer.

"Julian was constantly [talked about] on forums, in German and especially in English newspapers," he told Goal.

"There was a lot of talk about offers that simply did not exist at that time. But right at the end of the transfer period there was a request and an offer.

"There was one phone call with one club and a fee was proposed. We discussed it and unanimously turned it down."

Asked if the club was Arsenal, he replied: "You can think what you want."

Heldt believes Draxler can continue his development into one of Europe's best players at Schalke, but has warned that he is not yet the finished article.

"He will become one of Europe's best players," Heldt continued. "He is only 20 years old and his development is not finished yet. That is what we're trying to make him see. He is a growing young man, who already has big quality on the football pitch.

"He has bad games like every other young man, that's normal. We do not rate him in terms of goals and assists, we want him to be our team's face. That is why I am convinced we can promote him further next season with another challenge. Julian can make the next step here, that is what we believe."