Arsene Wenger plays coy with media over Julian Draxler speculation

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice?

Last summer, Arsene Wenger stunned us all by breaking the bank for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, after weeks of steadfastly denying that any deals were even in the works.

So we probably shouldn’t take Wenger at his word this time around. After Friday’s FA Cup win over Coventry City, the Gunners boss said there is “nothing at all” to report on Arsenal’s hotly rumored negotiations with Schalke regarding German international Julian Draxler.

Yeah, sure thing, Arsene. We “believe” you.


Come on, that’s as guilty a look as we’ve ever seen.

Draxler might indeed not come to Arsenal in this window, though the German starlet reportedly is very eager to do so. Schalke wouldn’t do themselves any favors by selling their best player while fighting for a Champions League spot next season, although they did the same with Lewis Holtby a year ago. At the very least, however, there must be something going on between the two clubs.

In fact, we’ve already seen reports that a fee has already been agreed upon for the 20-year-old, rumored to be between $50 to $60 million.


Willian reveals next move on Instagram

Highly-rated Anzhi midfielder Willian ended all speculation over his future by posting to his instagram Sunday morning. The caption read:

Meu sonho se tornou realidade!! Estou muito feliz por estar no melhor clube do mundo!! Obrigado Senhor por tudo. My dream came true!! Im very happy to sign with a best club in the world. Thanks God!! COME ON CHELSEA!!!

Chelsea have confirmed the signing as well. Willian’s £30m transfer is subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.

Willian recently underwent a medical at White Hart Lane in anticipation of a move to Tottenham just a few days ago, but Chelsea swooped in late to steal the Brazilian’s signature. On Friday, Jose Mourinho gave a slight, silent nod to the question if Willian had chosen the Blues over Spurs.

Sorry Tottenham, looks like you’ll need to go elsewhere to spend all that money you’re getting from Gareth Bale.