Arsenal’s courting of Julian Draxler has the potential to be one of the summer’s most wearisome transfer sagas, but they will be encouraged by the words of Wolfsburg’s sporting director. The Sun are reporting that the German club are struggling for cash following their failure to qualify for the Champions League last season.
To matters worse, main sponsor Volkswagen recorded a £1.34 billion loss last year following the scandal over bodged emissions test. All of which will be music to Arsene Wenger’s ears, who has been known to take advantage of this type of situation in the past. Arsenal snapped up Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal from debt-stricken Malaga for modest fees, after their big money bubble burst in 2012.
The German club want £50 million for Draxler whose contract runs out in 2020, but Arsenal are looking to do business closer to £40 million. Though principally a wide-player so far in his career, it is thought that Wenger wants to convert him into a centre-forward just as he did with Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie.
There may also be more good news for Gunners fans, following reports that Gonzalo Higuain has turned down a move to Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and wages of £800k per week. Though Arsenal and Napoli are some way apart when it comes to agreeing a transfer fee, Higuain’s snub will give them hope that he has his heart set on a move to London.
Finally, in one of the week’s more peculiar transfer stories, former captain Thomas Vermaelen has been linked with a return to the club. Arsenal are looking to bring in a centre-back, even though the forward line remains the summer’s main priority.
Vermaelen has failed to establish himself at Barcelona (hardly a surprise), and will be available on the cheap this summer. Given how he slid down the pecking order towards the end of his time at Arsenal however, it would be a big surprise if Wenger were make the phone call.
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