Arsenal and Manchester United are lining up bids for a German midfielder, currently starring at Euro 2016, according to reports from Germany.
Julian Draxler is the player and he has started Germany’s first two games at Euro 2016. The powerful winger can also play at number 10 or even as a striker.
Previously of Schalke, Draxler is now said to be frustrated at Wolfsburg following their poor performance in the Bundesliga which saw them miss out on European football next season. Arsenal hold a long-term interest in the player, whilst Manchester United are also being linked by German publication Kicker.
Arsenal and Manchester United are already thought to be in a battle for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and it could be a case of one gets one and one gets the other.
Draxler has had injury problems in the past but still managed 5 goals and 5 assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances this season. His height of 6ft 2′ and powerful frame combined with technical attributes allows him to glide past players and he is particularly dangerous when playing on the left wing, a position Arsenal are certainly looking to improve in. Manchester United are also looking to strengthen their right hand side.
At 22-years-old he has huge potential and he has already racked up 22 caps for Germany. Draxler is good on the ball, with 84% pass completion for his club. His international and European experience for club and country will certainly stand him in good stead if he were to move to the Premier League. He has both the physical attributes and mental ambition to become one of the very best players in his position.
Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Draxler and has sung his praises recently. Wenger has also hinted at interest in Schalke’s Leroy Sane: “There’s also Sané, who hasn’t played yet…and Draxler, who is still a very young player.”
Sane is also thought to be on the market this summer, but Manchester City are favourites for his signature.
In terms of Mkhitaryan or Draxler, the former is certainly the best prepared to make a difference right now, but if either Arsenal or Manchester United are prepared to wait a little, they are likely to reap the rewards of a potentially world class player. Traditionally Mourinho has been less willing to wait for talent, whereas Wenger is happy to invest in younger players. If that trend continues then don’t be surprised to see Draxler at Arsenal and Mkhitaryan at Manchester United come August.