For the past three or four years, not a transfer window has gone by without Julian Draxler being linked with a move to the Premier League.
It seems no matter the German’s plans for the future, rumours over a potential exit can’t be halted. Moreover, this year has augmented such suspicions given the player’s unrest at current side Wolfburg.
It appears that the 23-year-old will leave the Veltins Arena as soon as he can and his agent has all but confirmed his intentions this week. In addition, such news has prompted interest from one Premier League side in particular.
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Draxler’s 2015 transfer to Wolfsburg certainly raised a fair few eyebrows.
After four very successful years with Schalke, it was assumed that the midfielder’s next move would see him play for one of Europe’s biggest sides. Instead, he opted for a team that currently resides 13th in the Bundesliga table.
Despite the confusing nature of the transfer, Draxler has been a success. Last season saw him rack up an impressive 34 appearances and experience the second most goal-rich year of his career.
This simply serves to show the disparity between player and team though. Add in the fact that Wolfsburg have now lost their Champions League status and Andre Schurrle, it’s a wonder Draxler has persisted with Die Wolfe for so long.
Nevertheless, Draxler is heavily regretting his move to Wolfsburg and the German is keen to escape from the mid-table mediocrity.
Speaking to Tuttosport, Draxler’s agent all but confirmed his player’s impending exit. Fabio Pairisi informed: “He will definitely leave Wolfsburg at the end of the season. He would’ve gladly run to join Juve and is the ideal trequartista for Allegri.
“I repeat: Draxler will leave, but whether or not Juventus are interested again is another matter. I think the Bianconeri can still spend big money, as their revenue is close to that of the top European clubs.
“The very real profit made on Paul Pogba will have an effect on their balance sheets for the next few years, allowing Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici to make more investments.”
The Gunners have been pursuing the 23-year-old for some time now and next summer may finally see the Gunners act upon this. It’s clear that the north London side are the Premier League team most likely to pull off the move.
It could prove the latest move towards an ever-growing German contingent at the Emirates. Compatriots Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil already ply their trade in England and would likely play a strong persuasive role.
Either way though, London or Turin, it’s clear that Draxler is itching to turn his back on a tumultuous spell with Wolfsburg.
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