Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been told explicitly by Schalke that Julian Draxler is not for sale, with the club insisting the young playmaker has no release clause and is worth €100 million.
General manager Horst Heldt also hinted that if a Spanish club comes in for Draxler, it would be difficult to say no if he looks for a move to a club that can offer more trophy success.
Recent reports have claimed that Arsenal are fighting Bayern for the 19 year old's signature, but Heldt says there's no release clause that will allow the teen to go in the same circumstances which saw Mario Gotze's £31.5 million clause met by Bayern this week.
"There is no exit clause and we have no intention of selling Julian at the end of this season. He is feeling very well at the club and is the face of Schalke," Heldt told German paper Bild.
"What I would say if a 100 million euros offer came in tomorrow? You can't blame Julian for having the desire to play at one of his dream clubs in Spain at some point. If Barcelona or Madrid were to offer 100m euro, we would look at things differently.
"Bayern? Where would he have to play at Bayern with all the players they already have ..."
For Arsenal, the more realistically £15 million-rated Draxler would fit in perfectly with Arsene Wenger's transfer policy, with the youngster believed to be even better than Lewis Holtby, who was also believed to be a target for the Gunners before he signed for Tottenham in January.
But the competition from Bayern will be tough, with the club boasting a side who look favourites to win the Champions League this season, as well as a dressing room full of Germany internationals who will play alongisde Draxler for their country.
Without a release clause, the job of tempting the club to sell will be harder, but the player's wishes will no doubt be integral as the summer rolls around.