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Transfer news: Per Mertesacker hails potential Arsenal signing Julian Draxler

German international would welcome youngster at London club

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes reported target Julian Draxler would be 'very welcome' at the club.

The Gunners are said to be weighing up a £37m offer for their long-term target in order to bring him to the club this January.

Arsene Wenger was thought to have prioritised the signing of a striker in this window, with Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata two names mooted, but now it is understood he is considering converting Draxler to a more advanced role.

Schalke have admitted that should Draxler's release clause be met then they were effectively powerless to prevent him leaving although the youngster has reportedly sustained a tendon injury which could complicate any move.

However Arsenal's Mertesacker was excited at the prospect of his compatriot joining the club.

“He is a great talent,” said the defender. “He has already made a big impact at Schalke and in the German national team, despite his young age. He would be very welcome here. I’m excited to see what happens.”