Benedikt Howedes almost joined Premier League club on deadline day.
German defender Benedikt Howedes has confirmed that he was approached by Premier League club Arsenal FC but ditched a last minute move to join The Gunners.
Howedes who had the chance to play under Arsene Wenger this season, instead decided to join Serie A champions Juventus on loan from Schalke. The German international was stripped off his captaincy at Schalke under new coach Dominico Tedesco, before the start of the season. Tedesco then addressed the player by saying that not only he is no longer the club captain but he also has to fight for his place in the Schalke starting lineup.
Howedes is a veteran of the game and fair to say he is a Schalke club legend, the German has played a total of 334 appearances over ten seasons for the club proving his loyalty to Die Knappen. Alongside side Arsenal FC, English team Leicester City was also keen on signing Howedes. Juve’s close rivals Roma was also interested in bringing in the German defender but failed to do so as Juve signed him to a loan deal with an option to buy for 12 million.
The player’s agent, Volker Struth claims that Howedes snubbed Arsenal FC on deadline day and instead of joining the Old Lady, he could easily ended up somewhere else.
“There were talks with AS Roma, Leicester City and Arsenal in London because we heard here that Mustafi was courted by Inter Milan,” Struth told German outlet Sportbild.
Struth then added that, Juventus is where his agent preferred thus signing for the Italian champions in the process.