After Chelsea convincingly beat Schalke in the Champions League this week, it appears the stars are aligned for Julian Draxler to leave after the 2014 World Cup in search of the big club he has dreamt of playing for wih Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all possible suitors.
Whilst Draxler signed a new deal with Schalke towards the end of last season keeping him at the club until 2018, he won't be satisfied with the downward spiral in the side this season that culminated in an embarrassing loss to Chelsea this week that was as much the German club's doing than the brilliance from Jose Mourinho's men.
The Blues were on the back foot at the start of the game as Draxler led the attack - some feat for a player aged 20 to do while featuring on one of the world's biggest footballing stages - but a mistake from goalkeeper Timo Hilderbrand left the side 1-0 down after 31 minutes and very quickly losing their momentum. While Schalke currently still sit second in their group, it would appear they're a long way off equalling the continent's best, or matching their Champions League semi finals appearance in the 2010-11 season and the youngster will no doubt be tempted by the prospect of a move to a club that can promise this challenge.
When Draxler moved up the ranks from the youth side into the senior squad for Schalke at the beginning of 2011 he was the fourth youngest player ever to play in the Bundesliga. The side finished a particularly disappointing 14th place in the table but their recovery was well documented in Germany as they reached 3rd spot at the culmination of his first full campaign with the club.
They won the German equivalent of the FA Cup, the DFB-Pokal Cup, in Draxler's first year as well as the DFL-Super Cup. In 2012-13 they finished a respectable fourth, qualifying for the Champions League, but their showing so far this season would prove that they are not up to the standard many fans, and Draxler, had hoped for.
While there was talk over the summer of Schalke challenging for the title the side currently sit in sixth place in the Bundesliga table and are 12 points off the pace already.
Their poor form has partly been put down to their growing injury list and manager Jens Keller is under pressure over his job at present due to their position but even if they were to improve it would appear that the side won't be matching Draxler's ambitions any time soon.
The Germany international certainly looked like a big fish in a small pond against Chelsea this week, and with Draxler already admitting he'd like to play for the west London side, as well as Arsenal or United it would appear likely that next summer, on the back of a chance in Brazil to show he's capable when surrounded by top players from the German squad, he will be the subject of an almighty bidding war between Europe's top clubs.