Reports: Lewis Holtby close to Schalke return

DEUCES, I'M OUT - Paul Gilham

A possible stepping-stone to a Julian Draxler deal may be about to fall into place.

We've talked in the past about how Lewis Holtby ditching Tottenham Hotspur for Schalke 04 could help Arsenal to bring in Schalke's Julian Draxler. It looked for a bit like that deal had fallen apart, as Borussia Dortmund appeared to have the advantage, but they balked at Spurs' price and abandoned pursuit. And now!

Plenty of things, though, have in the past been "in the final stages" and failed to come off. I'm pretty sure our attempt on Gonzalo Higuain, for example, had to have been in the final stages at one point, and he's not here. So that's no guarantee, especially when you have his agent saying things like this:

I can't read German at all, but Friend of the Blog Sam Drew can. Here's his take on that tweet:

Does that all seem a bit contradictory to you? Because it does to me. Either way this may all be much ado about nothing, as the acquisition of Holtby doesn't necessarily mean anything for Draxler. It could, but there's no confirmation there. So we wait.

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