Arsenal fans are expecting Arsene Wenger to get busy in the transfer market this summer with a new striker arguably his top priority.
The Frenchman has been keeping tabs on a number of proven forwards across Europe, but Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler has emerged as a potential candidate to solve the Gunners’ goalscoring woes.
A midfielder by trade, the 22-year-old has been a long-term target for Arsenal and at last it seems the wheels are in motion to secure his Premier League switch.
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The 2015/16 campaign was a disappointing one for Wolfsburg – they failed to qualify for the Champions League while their major sponsor Volkswagen made significant cutbacks.
Making a bad situation worse, Draxler has also made it clear he wants to play in Europe next season, opening the door for one of his many admiring clubs to manufacture a move this summer.
The Mirror reports Wenger is preparing to ramp up his interest in Draxler after his Bundesliga employers hinted could be forced to offload him.
The Arsenal boss would likely prefer a natural striker to lead his front line next season, but he is seemingly convinced the German winger is capable of playing through the centre.
Draxler has primarily operated as an attacking midfielder either out wide or behind a main striker throughout his career at Schalke and Wolfsburg, leaving the basis of Wenger’s assumption rather unclear.
Irrespective of Draxler’s best position, Wolfsburg would reportedly require £55 million in exchange for his services – who is under contract at the Volkswagen Arena until 2020.
Having failed to capture Jamie Vardy earlier in the summer, Wenger is growing increasingly desperate to land an established goalscorer before the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Liverpool.
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