Schalke star Julian Draxler has been on Arsena boss Arsene Wenger’s radar for several years, but the club have stepped their interest up to another level after sending scouts to go and watch him, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The scouting trip comes with Wenger intending to test Schalke’s desire to keep their young star with a bid in the near future.
The Gunners sent scouts to watch Draxler during the draw with Maribor in the Champions League in mid week.
Having been suspended for several weeks, Draxler returned against the Slovenian side, and Wenger was keen to find out how he performed in that game.
Arsenal struggled in the London derby against Chelsea earlier today, with Diego Costa rounding off a calm and measured display from the west London side to give them a 2-0 victory.
Tempers flared on the touchline, with Arsenal boss Wenger pushing Jose Mourinho early in the game.
Liverpool are thought to be on the lookout for a defensive midfield addition, and have cast their eyes upon Belgian wonderkid Youri Tielemans, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
They have been scouting him as a result, with Brendan Rodgers sending representatives to Anderlecht this week to analyse the 17 year old star.
The youngster became Belgium’s youngest ever representative in Europe’s elite competition in October last season.
Given Steven Gerrard’s struggles in the deeper midfield role that he has occupied since last season, Tielemans’ emergence is causing something of a stir at Liverpool.
They will not find the route to signing the youngster easy, however, with Borussia Dortmund believed to have had a £4.5 million bid for the player rejected during the summer.
Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s national rivals, are also thought to be keen on the player.
As a result, Rodgers is now pondering whether he should make a move for the highly talented starlet.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been put on red alert after it was revealed that Marco Reus’s contract talks with Borussia Dortmund have stalled, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
A new challenger has also entered the fray, with Manchester City said to be monitoring the situation.
The club have admired the German international wing wizard for several seasons, but never made a move to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.
Both former manager Roberto Mancini and current boss Manuel Pellegrini are known to be admirers of the player.
Dortmund have been absolutely unwilling to sell one of their key players, but Reus’s situation has changed.
The player has told Dortmund chiefs that he wishes to wait until the end of the season to negotiate a new contract with the club, which is a big issue for the German side.
A release clause in his contract, allowing him to move for £20 million, activates next summer, which puts the club in an uncomfortable situation.
Reus could therefore move for far less than his actual value.