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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out a move for Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler, leaving the door wide open for Arsenal to swoop for the playmaker.
The Gunners came close to finalising a deal for the youngster in the January transfer window but, in the end, Arsene Wenger baulked at the £35million asking price. From there it seemed a deal would be unlikely due to the reported interest coming from the Allianz Arena.
Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer had hinted at a move for Draxler but Rummenigge has now laid any reported interest to rest, saying that the 2.70 Champions League favourites are only interested in players that are the finished article, not those with the potential to become one.
Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, the 58-year-old stated: “I can assure that we will not buy Julian Draxler this summer.
“I do not know [if he wants to join Bayern]. We never talked to his agents. In my opinion the public do not understand our transfer policy yet.
“We will not buy any players from Dortmund or Schalke only to hurt them. We will buy only players who bring more quality to the club immediately. In the past we bought some players to be better prepared for the future because some of our players were becoming older than 30. But we will not do that anymore.”
With Draxler’s Schalke journey seemingly coming to a natural end, it looks likely that he will move away from the Veltins-Arena in the summer. As Bayern are now out of the running, the Emirates Stadium is looking the most likely destination for the German international, although there are sure to be further twists and turns yet.