Arsenal’s hopes of securing a deal for Julian Draxler have been dealt a major blow, after the player’s agent said that a summer deal is unlikely to be “possible” for his client.

The German starlet was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over January, but despite talk that an agreement was close the deal never materialised.

Yet Arsene Wenger has since remained keen, and is rumoured to be looking to re-visit the 20-year-old once the season ends as he plans for the 2014/15 campaign.

However, Draxler’s agent, Roger Wittman, says that it would be in the best interest of Draxler – and his other client Jefferson Farfan – to stay with Schalke:

“Why should a player leave the club if the club have just built atop team?” He is quoted by The Express.

“I also think it’s good if players stick to what they have signed.

“It would take an awful lot to happen for one of the two of them to leave. And even then I’m not sure it would be possible.

“The players understand that there is currently a lot of peace at the club and a lot of optimism about their future there.”

Draxler is one of German football’s finest young players, and is said to be valued at over £30m by Schalke.

Arsenal were rumoured to be close to securing a deal over the winter, yet speculation suggests they baulked at his asking price.

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