While we're not yet reaching the Timex Social Club-level of transfer window rumors, as it's still just November, there's a lot of pre-window buzz today about Schalke winger Julian Draxler (aka The Next Ronaldo). He's reportedly talking to German national teammates Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker about playing at Arsenal. The latest roundup of rumors from Fox Sports is here, and as you can see, Draxler's all over the British tabloids.
In particular, The Telegraph and Arseblog are among the sources of note running with some pretty innocent quotes which are being construed as a clear signal he's going to be one of the new Puma kit poster boys come August.
"I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that’s what I like.
Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things. You never know what happens in the summer but Arsenal is a very, very nice team."
At any rate, Draxler (who is Champions League cup-tied) is planning to ride out the year with his Bundesliga team, and would then presumably be sold to a Premier League suitor for close to £40M. It's certain that playmaker-poor Manchester United will come calling, and given that it's Chelsea's modus operandi to buy every gifted winger on the planet, they'll likely drive a dumptruck full of money up to his house. But, as you know, Arsene Wenger speaks German, so clearly Arsenal has the inside track.