German responds to big time summer talk

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski has declared that any deal for Schalke starlet Julian Draxler won’t be involving him

The former Bayern Munich and FC Koln forward, 28, is an intenational teammate of Draxler, who has been heavily-linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, if Draxler were to arrive in north London this summer, then Podolski – who has started just five Premier League matches this term – could be one of the Gunners’ most likely departures.

And while Podolski has hailed Draxler as a “top player” he’s made his own position known.

“Every top player is of interest to Arsenal – and Draxler is certainly one of those,” said Podolski, speaking to Bild.

“But I do not know what the [club bosses] are planning.

“I only know that a swap deal involving me and him was never a consideration.

“I am in contact with Julian. He is a great guy… but we haven’t spoken about a move.” (Daily Mirror)

It will be interesting to see how this plays out

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