Podolski: No Draxler swap deal

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has denied claims he was offered as part of a swap deal for Julian Draxler during the January transfer period.

The Gunners were known to be keen on securing the Schalke midfielder’s signature at the turn of the year, while recent reports suggested Germany international Podolski had been served up in a bid to sweeten any potential deal.

However, the forward, who bagged the equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, insists there is no truth to those claims.

“Every top player is of interest to Arsenal – and Draxler is certainly one of those. But I do not know what the [club bosses] are planning,” he said.

“I am in contact with Julian. He is a great guy. But we haven’t spoken about any transfer.

“I only know that a swap deal involving me and him was never a consideration.”

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