VFL Wolfsburg are preparing a sensational £32million bid for Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler as they eye an immediate replacement for new Manchester City man Kevin De Bruyne.
The Wolves, who came to an arrangement with the Sky Blues concerning the sale of De Bruyne, with a fee believed to be in the region of £55m, are desperate to find a replacement for the Belgian international before the German summer transfer window ends on Monday.
De Bruyne, who scored 20 goals in 73 appearances for Wolfsburg after joining the emerging German powerhouse from Chelsea in January 2014, has completed his move to the Etihad Stadium despite a late flurry of interest from bitter league rivals, Bayern Munich.
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Indeed, with the Wolves desperate to challenge Bayern for domestic honours this season, whilst also making a good fist of their first appearance in the Champions League for nearly five years, the club's leadership have announced that they would spend a hefty amount of the money accumulated from the sale of De Bruyne on an ideal replacement.
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With Juventus currently stalling on a move for Draxler, who, like De Bruyne at Wolfsburg, has become his club's most valuable asset in recent years, it has been reported that the Wolves, unlike the Serie A giants, are prepared to offer the Royal Blues the full amount.
There are rumours circulating in Germany - specifically from Bild - that the two clubs have already come to a conclusion regarding a fee, with Draxler set to discuss personal terms with the club.
Despite a whirlpool of speculation regarding Draxler, Schalke’s general manager, Horst Heldt, has opted to remain calm by telling German magazine Kicker that the Royal Blues are in no immediate hurry to sell their crown jewels.
The 45-year-old said: “There will only be a decision regarding the sale of Draxler after the game on Friday. Perhaps this will either be over the weekend, or on Monday.”
If Wolfsburg were unfortunate not to beat Juventus to the 21-year-old's signature, they would most likely pursue their interest in RSC Anderlecht midfielder, Dennis Praet.
Praet, who scored five goals and provided seven assists for an Anderlecht side who finished third in the Belgian Pro League last season, is available for £7m, but concerns over his fitness still remain a big deciding factor.
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