With two weeks left of the transfer window, three Premier League sides could do battle for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Julian Draxler. The Mirror say that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all interested with the price set at £32 million for the German.
Is £32 million a good price?
Given that PSG signed Draxler from Wolfsburg for £40 million only eight months ago, it seems hugely surprising that they would be willing to allow him so cheaply and take a hit. However, having spent £200 million on Neymar, a quick sale could be needed in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play framework.
The 23-year-old is very highly rated and was one of the leaders of a young Germany side as they won the Confederations Cup this summer. Having proven his quality in the Bundesliga and Ligue Un, the Premier League may be a tougher test but he certainly has the pedigree to take it on.
Where would he fit in at Arsenal?
It would seem inevitable that a move to the Emirates would see Draxler effectively signed as a long term replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Capable of playing on either flank or through the middle in attack, the left footed star has many of the same attributes as the Chilean. A high profile player too, he may limit the damage of losing a key player like Sanchez.
Where would he fit in at Liverpool?
Draxler is well known to Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool boss tried to stop him during his spell at Borussia Dortmund. He could bring him in to replace Philippe Coutinho if the Brazilian is sold, and again could fill many of the same roles. Able to play on either flank of Liverpool’s front three with pace and guile, he could also be an option in the attacking playmaker role prepared for Coutinho in pre-season.
Where would he fit in at Manchester United?
Jose Mourinho has been on the look out for a winger throughout the summer, reportedly failing in his approach for Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan. Now, he could look to Draxler to step in. His direct running style and ability to get himself on the scoresheet will appeal, whilst the Portuguese boss is also known to prefer players with flexibility to play across the front as Draxler can.