Transfer news: Per Mertesacker hails potential Arsenal signing Julian Draxler

German international would welcome youngster at London club

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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.”