Arsenal fans will no doubt be exhausted with the will he/won’t he soap opera that is Alexis Sanchez of late, the news of an exciting young replacement will the lift spirits of even the most fervent of the ‘Wenger Out’ parade.
After missing out on the hotly rated German a season ago, Julian Draxler has been hotly linked with the North Londoners after news that the former Schalke star could be available for a cut-fee.
Currently plying his trade for French outfit Paris St Germain, the 23-year olds playing time is likely to come at a premium this coming season after the recent mega signing of Neymar. With questions raised over FFP, it’s likely the Parisians will look to bring in some funds also following their unprecedented blow-out.
As illustrated by the Times, Arsene Wenger’s ears have been pricked at the prospect of signing Draxler for a reported £32 million – around the same price tag he could have signed him last time out.
An attacking midfielder able to play on Arsenal’s left, right and center, Draxler’s highly anticipated career has seemed to stall since making the move to France. Indeed, despite his former wonder-kid status, not just in the eye’s of those familiar with Football Manager, Gooners will still be concerned with the players inability to cut it at the inferior level of the French Ligue 1.
Added to that, another luxury midfielder joining the ranks may seem naive given his sides criminal defending during the season’s opener against Leicester City.
Speaking on a potential move for the player, Wenger remained gleefully open despite pressure to sell parts of his oversized squad:
‘We are open to an exceptional player,’ Wenger told Sky Sports.
‘However, just to remind you we have 33 players here and they are all good players
‘That’s unmanageable so to bring one more player in for the sake of it would be stupid, but if we find an exceptional one, we will do it.’
Draxler made 14 appearances for PSG last season, scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist on the way to an unremarkable season for the Parisians.
Saying that, the German international is capably of such feats as this.
(Via the Metro)