Manchester City want first option on Schalke’s highly-rated attacking wide midfielder Julian Draxler and are reportedly considering making a £25 million offer for the Germany international.
Draxler, 21, has been strongly linked with Arsenal over the past 18 months - but the Daily Star understand that Schalke’s approach for City defender Matija Nastasic has prompted the Citizens to make an enquiry regarding the Bundesliga outfit’s prized asset.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly regards Draxler as a potential new Robin van Persie, the Dutch striker who served the Gunners for eight years before joining Manchester United in 2012.
Draxler: The new Van Persie?
Van Persie was playing as a winger at Feyenoord when Arsenal struck a deal to sign the Dutchman, but Wenger gradually moulded him into a first-class centre-forward.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini may have similar plans for Draxler, who is believed to prefer a move to the Premier League over La Liga, Serie A or Ligue 1. It’s also unlikely that he will join another Bundesliga club.
Draxler, who was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad, has endured an injury-hit campaign and has subsequently made just eight Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring two goals.
However, Draxler showcased his immense talent during Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League in September. The Germany international ran the show at Stamford Bridge - and that performance may have convinced Pellegrini to make his move for the attack-minded winger.
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