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Julian Draxler close to Juventus transfer

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Julian Draxler, a player long linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, would appear set to finally complete a high-profile move away from Schalke, with Juventus reported to be his next destination.

Draxler has established himself among the most coveted young talents in European football over recent seasons and it had seemed only a matter of time until the Germany international left for pastures new.

It is reported by Corriere dello Sport on Saturday that Juventus, who have been credited with interest for much of the summer, will emerge victorious from the race to sign the 21-year-old, although the proposed fee is not yet clear.

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Draxler, as it had been widely suggested, had a £37 million release clause in his Schalke contract, so it could be that Juventus will have paid a significant fee for the attacker, using the money made from the departure of Arturo Vidal.

News of the deal will arrive as a blow for Arsenal supporters who had, 12 months or so ago, expected that Draxler would arrive at the Emirates Stadium with a view to Arsene Wenger converting him into a striker, as the manager did with Robin van Persie.

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But, alas, as is often the case with Arsenal, they have allowed another club a free run to conclude a transfer. Manchester United, meanwhile, might have been advised to pursue such a prodigious attacking talent, although perhaps Louis van Gaal would rather a more proven option.

Either way, Juventus have got themselves quite a player in Draxler and his arrival will soften the blow that came as a result of both Andrea Pirlo and Vidal departing this summer.

But perhaps not if Paul Pogba also leaves…

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