Arsenal are preparing to pay £15 million for Schalke 04 youngster Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old schemer would add a greater scoring threat to Arsenal's midfield.
Reports in The Daily Express indicate Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen for Draxler to boost his squad. Wenger got a glimpse of his talents during this season's UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal battled Schalke twice in the group stages and Draxler definitely demanded attention. He's a cultured midfielder, blessed with an excellent touch and a natural eye for a pass.
Draxler also possesses deceptive strength and a powerful and accurate shot. He poses a major threat to a defence any time he's running with the ball and can create room for a shot.
Draxler has scored 11 times this season, and Arsenal need the cutting edge he provides in advanced midfield areas.
Santi Cazorla has netted 12 goals in the English Premier League this term. However, the rest of Arsenal's midfielders have only managed eight league goals.
They are spread between two players, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. Five of Arteta's six goals have come from the penalty spot.
In open play, Arsenal's midfield is struggling to add a thrust to attacks. There is too much pressure on the forward line to get the goals.
Since Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have begun to struggle finding the net, Arsenal's scoring output has diminished. They have scored just once in their last two league fixtures.
Wenger's best teams were always aided by a clutch of goals from midfield. Players like Marc Overmars, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Cesc Fabregas, could be counted on for 12-15 goals.
Draxler offers that kind of scoring potential. He is versatile enough to play wide or through the middle.
He would fit well on the left and could allow Cazorla to move back into a central role. Alternatively, Draxler could occupy a place in the middle, as Arsenal's most advanced attacking midfielder.
Cazorla could then remain on the left flank and Wenger could drop Jack Wilshere into a deeper role. That might better suit Wilshere's efficient style.
Landing Draxler would be a major coup for the Gunners. Although it would show Wenger again trusting youthful promise over experience, Draxler is good enough to help Arsenal win now.