Arsenal's hopes of launching a club-record move for Germany international Julian Draxler have been thwarted after Wolfsburg claimed the player would "100%" be remaining with the club. Sporting director Klaus Allofs had initially sparked suggestions the 22-year-old could be allowed to depart, but he has now backtracked on those claims.
The Mirror understand the original comments from Allofs, in which he stated Draxler's future would be discussed by the club, had reignited the Gunners' interest. The Bundesliga side value the 22-year-old at £55m ($73m), which would have required Arsene Wenger's men to make a club-record bid to lure him to The Emirates Stadium.
But Allofs has now quelled any speculation that Arsenal could move for Draxler by insisting the player will be staying at the Volkswagen Arena. "With Julian Draxler it will be 100% like this," he told Sport1. "He will stay. There is no discussion.
He added on the speculation regarding Arsenal and other rival clubs: "It is not the time for any vow, but we will not give Julian [away]. Even when I say this as clearly, no peace will come. But our plans are clear."
Though Arsenal's hopes of signing Draxler are seemingly over, Wolfsburg are braced for the departure of another of their main assets with Andre Schurrle close to join Borussia Dortmund. Allofs is consigned to the former Chelsea forward departing, after he scored 12 goals and made seven assists last term.
"The situation is different with him," Allofs added. "We don't want to sell him and given the way he developed last season, we would like to keep hold of him and we see him taking on a lead role. But Andre has told the coach quite clearly that Borussia Dortmund's interest has got him thinking. We've had to deal with this situation lately, but nothing has happened yet. It's not unlikely, therefore, that Andre stays with Wolfsburg."