Arsenal and Manchester United have both been served a hands off warning over German international Julian Draxler by his current club, as reported by the Daily Star.
The talented forward has been a target for a series of Premier League sides, with Arsenal linked most heavily with a move for him in the recent past, but Schalke have warned those interested that there is no chance he will depart this month.
The 21 year old is considered to be one of the more highly rated young talents in world football.
As a result, it is not only Arsenal and Man Utd who have been keeping an eye on him, but also the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While Schalke might ultimately be powerless to keep hold of Draxler, who has a £37 million buy out clause written into his current contract, Clemens Tonnies is adamant that he will not leave during January.
“We have absolutely no thoughts about him leaving on short notice,” he told Sport Bild.”Schalke is the place where he can develop best and I told him that in person.
“My opinion is also, that Julian has developed greatly, especially regarding his personality.
“He had a setback with his injury and, as with every big player at a young age, he had a weaker period. But Julian will have a fantastic career.”
Manchester City have set their eyes on Schalke forward Julian Draxler heading into 2015, putting them in direct competition with Arsenal for his signature.
The Manchester side received an enquiry from the Bundesliga club for their defender Matija Nastasic, and as a result, they asked about the availability of the highly rated Draxler.
Schalke have valued the German international at around £25 million.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has led the Etihad Stadium club to the fourth round of the FA Cup, is keen on getting a first option on Draxler as part of any deal to sell Nastasic to Schalke.
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with a move in the past, which would put them and Man City at odds.
Nastasic has been valued at £10 million by City, but Schalke are only willing to pay £8 million, after an initial loan deal until the summer.
This would give City scope to negotiate the deal, and possibly secure an option on a star of the future, the 21 year old Draxler, according to the Daily Star.
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.