€45.5m star admits Chelsea & Manchester United 'dream'

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Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler admits it would be a 'dream' to play for Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid, amid reports some of the most prominent clubs in Europe are pursuing his signature.

The 19-year-old, who scored 13 goals for Schalke last season, recently signed a new five-year contract with the Bundesliga club but remains a target for a number of sides, with Borussia Dortmund maintaining concrete interest in signing him.

Draxler, though, has set his sights on an eventual move away from Germany, with the youngster focused on joining Barcelona or Real Madrid in Spain, or switching to Chelsea or Manchester United in England.

He told Sport1: "Which boy doesn't dream about playing for Real, Barca, Chelsea or Manchester United? That's nothing to be ashamed of."

Draxler's agent Rogert Wittman, however, says any club hopeful of signing the Germany international must meet the release clause written into his contract with Schalke, which stands at staggering €45.5 million.

Chelsea are reported to have targeted a move for Draxler this summer following the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, although Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has rejected suggestions the club have made an approach.

"There has been no official transfer enquiry from Chelsea. and we are not in contact with them," he told Bild.

"But, it must be noted, there will always be interest in players with the qualities Julian Draxler has."

The acquisition of a midfielder is also reported to be on the mind of new Manchester United manager David Moyes and, along with Draxler, the Red Devils have been linked with a move for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.

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