Manchester United will offer Schalke £30m in the January transfer window to sign both Julian Draxler and Benedikt Howedes.
The Daily Express claims Manchester United scouts have been watching the pair closely since their World Cup winning exploits in Brazil, and believe the duo are the right age and have the right experience to immediately improve United’s squad.
Howedes’ appeal is obvious to a United team that has lacked a strong centre-back since the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Marcos Rojo is talented but Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have all suffered with injuries, forcing Louis van Gaal to play Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair from the academy.
Howedes, 26, brings experience and Champions League know-how to the defence and immediately shores up a back line that has been exposed too many times already this season.
As for Draxler, the gifted 21-year-old has also been tracked by both Arsenal and Chelsea, and reportedly has a £37m release clause in his Schalke contract.
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But Schalke are currently experiencing financial difficulties, which has led United to believe that they can secure Draxler for as little as £14m. But they’re willing to offer £30m if the Germans agree to sell both Draxler and Howedes in the January transfer window.
Draxler would give United even greater tactical flexbility, and would fit into their fast, flowing, attacking brand of football much better than the £37m acquisition of Juan Mata.