The 20-year-old Schalke star has a burgeoning reputation and was chased by the Gunners in January.

However, they failed to act upon their interest and only brought in crocked Kim Kallstrom on loan.

Draxler has admitted the release clause felt like a millstone and believes it may have dissuaded some suitors from meeting it.

"The [buy-out clause] stayed with me," Draxler told German paper Bild.