Arsene Wenger is long-term admirer of Julian Draxler, and we have been linked with him in almost every transfer window for the last couple of years (via the Metro).
We may have missed our chance to secure the youngster’s signature however, as reports suggest he is on the verge of joining Serie A side Juventus, according to the Express.
Schalke director of sport Horst Heldt claims the Bundesliga side have given Draxler permission to talk to the Scudetto winners, despite the fact that they are yet to meet their valuation of the player.
“Juventus sent us a written request asking to be authorised to speak with Draxler’s agent,” said Heldt (via the Express).
“We allowed it, even though at the moment we haven’t received a precise offer from the Turin club.”
The initial £14m bid is apparently nowhere near what Schalke want for the 21-year-old, with the club looking for closer to the £21m mark (via the Express).
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We are in need of attacking reinforcements, and with Draxler able to play a variety of forward positions he could be a solid signing. £21m is arguably a little steep though, and our money could be better invested elsewhere.
Draxler was once one of the most promising young talents in football, but his career has stalled somewhat in recent seasons.
Is he still the player for us?