The Spurs chief is looking to block Lewis Holtby’s move to Schalke, in order to stop the German club selling German starlet Julian Draxler to the Gunners.
Holtby has struggled to gain a regular place in the starting line-up at White Hart Lane, and could be involved in Tim Sherwood’s January clear-out, that could include Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chaldi.
Spurs tried to delay their sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid after discovering that the Gunners were eyeing up Mesut Ozil, but the German still moved to the Emirates, securing a £42.5million ‘Deadline Day’ move to Arsenal.
This time it is German midfielder Julian Draxler that is on Arsene Wenger’s radar, with the 20-year-old considered one of the most talented youngsters in Europe. Draxler has been linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea, but is believed to favour a move to Arsenal. The midfielder has a £37million release clause in his contract at Schalke, and Arsenal could be ready to meet that price.
Schalke want to sign Holtby on loan, although should Arsenal meet Draxler’s release clause beforehand, the Bundesliga club could be tempted to spend that new money on a permanent deal for Holtby.