Arsenal have been warned off signing Julian Draxler by Lothar Mathaus who has branded the Germany international a “weak character”.
The Gunners have been continually linked with the Wolfsburg man who has recently reiterated his desire to quit the Bundesliga club.
Wolfsburg are currently enduring a miserable season, just four points off the bottom of the table and Draxler was booed by supporters recently after coming on as a substitute.
Matthaus, a seven-time Bundesliga winner, says the 23-year-old must accept some blame for his team’s poor form and feels he is not good enough for a top club.
“He is also to be held responsible for where Wolfsburg stand right now,” Matthaus told Sport Bild.
“I say very clearly: I would currently not sign Draxler as a top club because of his weak character.
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“He might be a talent, but he has not shown he can make a difference at the highest level on a permanent basis.”
Mathaus also feels that Draxler would not command the same fee as Wolfsburg paid out when they signed him from Schalke for a fee believed to be around £25m in August 2015.
“Also I do not believe that the sale of Julian Draxler will bring Wolfsburg more than [what they paid for him] despite his long-term contract,” he added.
“His market value has suffered severely in recent years.”
Mathaus’s comments are fairly scathing about a player who until recently was considered one of the brighest talents on the continuent. While Draxler’s future looks uncertain currently, he definitely seems to be set for a move away either in January or when the transfer window reopens again in the summer.