Draxler set to stay at Schalke

The 19-year-old playmaker, who has been the subject of summer interest from Arsenal, will remain at the Bundesliga outfit for at least one further season

Arsenal target Julian Draxler is to remain at Schalke until the end of the current season, Goal understands.

The Gunners made an audacious enquiry for the €47 million-rated Germany international on Friday before subsequently switching their attentions to Draxler’s international team-mate Mesut Ozil.

Draxler admitted last week he would be prepared to leave should his club receive a suitable offer but is now certain to stay until next summer at least.

The signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng, who arrived from AC Milan last week in a €11.7m deal, was designed to alleviate the growing burden on the 19-year-old’s shoulders after his indifferent start to the new season.

At the Ghanaian’s unveiling, Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said that the club would be “schizo” to let Draxler leave, while the player himself has rejected approaches from Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Having missed out on Draxler, Arsenal are now close to finalising a €47m deal for Ozil who has been allowed to leave Real Madrid following confirmation of Gareth Bale’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham.

Ozil has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and is currently undergoing a medical in Germany ahead of his club-record move.

Juventus sign wonderkid Berardi as Marrone leaves

The Serie A champions have snapped up the Italy Under-19 star, while the holding midfielder has moved to Sassuolo as part of the deal

Juventus have signed Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo in a co-ownership deal, while Luca Marrone moves in the opposite direction.

The Serie A champions had been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old for a while and have now purchased 50 per cent of the attacker’s economical rights.

Berardi came through the ranks of the Sassuolo youth academy and had developed into a key player at the Serie A side since making his official first team debut.

He netted 11 goals in 37 appearances last term to help Sassuolo win promotion to Italy’s top flight, thus attracting the interest of a number of clubs.

Manchester United had also been linked with the Italy Under-19 star, but Juventus have now won the race for his signature.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Marrone will continue his career at Sassuolo after failing to secure regular first team action at Juve.

The holding midfielder, who can also feature in defence, made 10 league appearances last term, but he has now opted to move on due to the stiff competition for places at the Bianconeri.

Milan loan Petagna to Sampdoria

The Genoa-based club have confirmed they have secured the services of the talented attacker on a temporary basis

Sampdoria have announced the signing of striker Andrea Petagna from AC Milan on a season-long loan basis.

The 18-year-old, who came through the club’s youth system, made his professional debut for the Rossoneri in a Champions League group match against Zenit St Petersburg on December 4, 2012, which his team lost 1-0.

He was included in the senior squad full-time at the beginning of this campaign and played his first Serie A match on August 24 against Hellas Verona, where Massimilano Allegri’s men were handed a 2-1 defeat.

Petagna could make his first appearance for his new club in the derby against Genoa, which will be taking place on September 15.

Sampdoria will have the option buy acquire 50 per cent of the rights for the Italy Under-19 international in the future.

Ozil undergoes Arsenal medical after agreeing personal terms

The Gunners have agreed a club-record €47 million fee for the Germany international and will complete the deal when formalities are completed

By Wayne Veysey

Mesut Ozil is undergoing an Arsenal medical in Germany after agreeing personal terms with the club, Goal can reveal.

The Gunners have agreed a €47 million fee with Real Madrid for the Germany international and are confident of completing the deal before Monday night’s 11pm transfer deadline.

Sources have told Goal that Arsenal’s record-breaking move is “very close to being agreed” amid reports of late interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsene Wenger will have to smash his wage structure to land Ozil, and as Goal exclusively revealed, senior club officials have been in detailed negotiations with the player’s representatives since Sunday evening.

Ozil is due to meet up with the Germany squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers this weekend but should have no problem being given dispensation from the national team to have a medical.

It is expected that it would take place at Arsenal’s London Colney headquarters but it is understood there is the facility for it to happen in Germany.

As revealed by Goal, goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has already had a medical, which he passed on Monday morning, and has agreed the terms of a season-long loan from Palermo. Arsenal are also working on a loan deal for Chelsea striker Demba Ba and are still in the running to capture Angel Di Maria, also from Real, for €30m.

THE VIEW FROM SPAIN
Mesut Ozil is adored by Real Madrid fans and many are unhappy about his likely departure, but the summer signings of Isco and Gareth Bale, plus the excellent form  of Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria, mean the German has been squeezed out of the picture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ozil has been played out of position on the right by coach Carlo Ancelotti, asked to defend more and was furious as he left the pitch as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win at Granada last weekend.

– Ben Hayward | Spain Correspondent

The Londoners are most confident of pushing through the Ozil deal, which would more than double their record transfer outlay, after holding high-level talks with Real in recent days.

Wenger turned his attention to Real Madrid’s battery of elite attackers after it became increasingly clear that Gareth Bale was set for a world-record £86m move to Spain.

The Gunners tabled a €30m bid for Di Maria last week and are still waiting to hear from Real if it has been accepted. The Argentine winger has begun the season in impressive form and is reluctant to cut his ties with the Bernabeu.

However, Ozil was left on the bench for Real’s 3-1 win on Sunday after being substituted during the 1-0 win at Granada six days previously, which he reacted to by storming down the tunnel and onto the team bus.

Asked about overlooking Ozil in favour of Di Maria on Sunday, Ancelotti said: “It’s to be expected that he’s not happy. I don’t like players who are happy to be on the bench. It was a football decision to play Di Maria, who is playing well and with great intensity”.

Benzema agent dismisses Arsenal links again

The striker’s agent dismissed suggestions of a move away from the Bernabeu, with the Gunners believed to be interested in the forward as well as Angel Di Maria & Mesut Ozil

Karim Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri has again insisted that the striker will not leave Real Madrid to join Arsenal, and says he wants to stay the Santiago Bernabeu.

The France international’s representative had previously insisted he was not interested in leaving Los Blancos, after Goal had revealed the Gunners’ interest in the forward and in winger Angel Di Maria.

“Nothing has changed,” Djaziri told BBC Sport. “Karim isn’t joining Arsenal or anybody else. He’s staying at Real Madrid.

“In any case, he’s joined up with the France team today, and I doubt they’d even allow him to leave to discuss a move.”

Arsenal are in advanced talks over a €47 million move for Mesut Ozil, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side looking to raise money through player sales following the acquisition of Gareth Bale.

And the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain manager had on Saturday hinted at problems with Benzema’s attitude.

“Today one thing was very clear. Benzema was whistled a bit, while Di Maria was applauded by whole stadium,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“The fans look closely at the players. It’s a very clear sign for everyone that hard work is applauded.”