- How Arsenal have reacted to Paris Saint-Germain wanting to sell Julian Draxler21:35 | 18/08/2017
When Neymar completed his £198 million move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, it quickly became clear that a few players no longer had futures at the club.
PSG, in order to meet Financial Fair Play rules, needed to recoup some of the world-record fee they paid Barcelona for Neymar’s services.
Blaise Matuidi appears to be one of such players, with the France international close to joining Juventus for a meagre £18.2 million.
Right-back Serge Aurier could be another amidst rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League.
And then there’s Julian Draxler who, having only joined PSG from Wolfsburg in January, is reportedly surplus to requirements in the French capital.
This is despite his agent, Roger Witterman, insisting earlier this week that the 23-year-old will be staying put this summer.
“Draxler will stay and will not be sold this summer,” Witterman said, per the Mirror.
“Paris is building a group with the best players in the world at every post, and Julian is one of them and he wants to continue to be part of it.”
In addition to Neymar and Draxler, PSG also have the likes of Lucas Moura and Angel Di Maria competing for places on the flanks.
Neymar and Di Maria will most likely be Unai Emery’s preferred starters out wide, meaning Draxler could be in for a frustrating season if he stays.
But because PSG are now seemingly ready to cash in, a number of suitors have been alerted, including long-term admirers Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has tried to sign Draxler many times before and failed but, according to the Times, that won’t stop him from trying again.
They claim Arsenal, in light of PSG’s decision, are weighing up another pursuit for the Germany international, who could be available for as little as £32 million.
Draxler possesses the star quality that would help the Gunners challenge for the Premier League this season, suggesting Wenger should go all out.
Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also tracking Draxler, though the attacking midfielder has previously expressed a desire to work with Wenger at Arsenal.
His potential arrival would ease the pressure of keeping Alexis Sanchez – and maybe even Mesut Ozil – who both have less than a year remaining on their contracts.
In fact, Arsenal signing Draxler might be the statement of intent needed to convince the pair of signing new deals.
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