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Report: Julian Draxler already rejected Leeds United opportunity, wages would have been huge

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Report: Julian Draxler already rejected Leeds United opportunity, wages would have been huge

Leeds United have been linked with a host of names this summer, including the more out-there suggestions such as Edinson Cavani, Ivan Perisic, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

Another player that falls into this category would be Julian Draxler. 

The German international has struggled to become a permanent starter at Paris Saint-Germain and that has seen him linked with a potential exit this summer. 

As reported by RMC Sport earlier this month, Leeds were considering an attempt to convince the German international into a move to Elland Road. 

Whilst initially laughable, it was a deal that had some element of credence due to Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s positive relationship with the Qatari ownership in the French capital. 

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 22: (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, the deal went cold as Leeds went after Rodrigo De Paul and others as an alternative recruit. 

Now, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, it has emerged that Draxler actually turned Leeds down. 

 

Draxler said no to a potential Leeds move, as well as a return to Germany with either Hertha Berlin or Bayer Leverkusen. 

The report claims Draxler is currently available for just €15 million (£13.7m), owing to his expiring contract, but would demand €7 million a year in wages, roughly around £123,000-a-week. 

That is putting Lazio, the current front runners to his signature off, and would surely price Leeds out of any deal even if Draxler was keen. 

Which seems unlikely. L’Equipe reported this week that Draxler is loving his Parisian lifestyle and will not leave the club this summer. 

This Leeds United transfer pipedream appears to be one that can be left in the cold. 

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