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Following a truly impressive start to the season in which he has played a starring role in the Bundesliga, Schalke starlet Julian Draxler unsurprisingly appears to be attracting admiring glances from overseas.

In particular, the 20-year-old appears to be subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Defending champions Manchester United, leaders Arsenal and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have all been linked with a potential switch for the playmaker.

With Draxler - who reportedly has a release clause of £38.5 million - being persistently linked to some of the English top-flight's biggest outfits, here GMS investigates just who is most in need of the German international and ranks them in descending order...

3. Chelsea

Chelsea do not appear to be in any need whatsoever of yet another midfielder to occupy one of the three roles behind the lone frontman.

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Brazilian summer addition Willian currently occupying those aforementioned spots, Draxler would have an immense fight on his hands to play regularly in West London.

The only way Chelsea would appear in any sort of need for Draxler would be if they were to sell at least one of their current attacking talents unable to secure a regular starting berth.

Belgian outcast Kevin de Bruyne and Spanish international Juan Mata would appear to be the most likely candidates to depart Stamford Bridge.

If this does not occur, then Draxler would be wise to avoid Chelsea as it could seriously harm his long-term development.

2. Arsenal

With the canny acquisition of Mesut Ozil coupled with the resurgence of the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal are also not in obvious need of another attacking presence in an already stellar midfield lineup.

Rather than focusing on Draxler, Arsenal would be far wiser to look for suitable replacements in more pressing positions. 

Specifically, Arsenal desperately need to find an adequate alternative to French forward Olivier Giroud and a combative deep-lying midfielder able to cover for the returning to Mathieu Flamini.

1. Manchester United

In my opinion, of the sides who have been mentioned in relation to a move for the player, it is Manchester United who are most in need of Draxler's services. 

While David Moyes' side have picked up somewhat after enduring an uncharacteristically troubling start to the new domestic campaign, Manchester United are still chronically short of quality creativity in midfield.

Draxler, who can realistically play either in the hole behind the strikers or in wide positions, offers the sort of versatility that Manchester United undoubtedly require given their paucity of options in the middle and the lacklustre performances of their current crop of wingers.

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