This transfer market just seems to amaze us. Who would have thought that at this late stage PSG would put one of footballs’ hottest properties on the market? Just as we thought things were starting to settle down a bit in the market, we get another transfer bombshell. Julian Draxler must have thought that he could survive Neymar’s arrival at PSG, but such is the variety of attacking talent they possess that even Draxler could be deemed surplus to requirements.
He should not worry though, as there are many a manager who would love to have him in their teams. A versatile attacker who could play on as a left winger or as a central attacking midfielder. He has bags of ability and a lot of years to get even better. Normally, such a young German talent could’ve been snapped up by Bayern Munich, but they have already signed James Rodriguez on a 2 year loan deal.
According to me, there are 5 clubs in the race for Julian Draxler. They are :
1. Borussia Dortmund
This almost seems like a natural fit, Draxler is German. Dortmund will be in the need of an attacker if Dembele were to leave. Also, with Mario Gotze’s injury problems and Munich strengthening their attack, Dortmund could do with a player of Draxler’s qualities to combine with Aubameyang and Reus (I really hope he can stay injury free this year) and potentially put up a challenge for Bayern Munich. Nothing has yet been reported on this front but I think it is a possibility.
Liverpool are on the verge of losing Philippe Coutinho who was a vital cog in their attack last year. This kind of a player is not easy to replace but with Draxler now on the market and Klopps’ links to Germany, Liverpool could really have a chance at getting him on board. I might even add that if Draxler does sign for Liverpool, he could really soften the blow of losing Coutinho or even do better than him in the long run.
3. Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he is in the market for a winger. Draxler is a viable option for Mourinho considering that he could play on the left wing- which is where Jose is looking for an improvement because Martial and Rashford are not exactly wingers (they’re more central players). If not for that reason, I could see Jose snapping up Draxler because he would not want his competition to land a player of that quality.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are 4th in this list too. This is a player that Arsene Wenger has been after for a few years now. Arsenal have signed a player they have been flirting with for 3 years now- Lacazette. Maybe they could make a move for another player they have been flirting with for a while- Draxler. He would bring a lot of creative talent to the team and could be a replacement for Sanchez, should the Chilean not sign a contract come the end of this season.
To be honest, I would include Chelsea in any transfer news at this moment considering the depth of their squad. They probably have the lightest squad compared to their nearest rivals in terms of squad depth and clearly have some work to do. Draxler would be a great addition and may take some of the weight of expectation off Eden Hazard, who is still recovering from an injury.
All things considered, the Premier League seems like a likely destination for Draxler. I believe he could really set the league on fire with his abilities and improve his game considerably. In this market, who knows how much could a player of his quality go for? My guess would be 85 million pounds as a cut price since PSG now have an intention to sell. In a World cup year, Draxler has to think hard about his next move as it could decide whether he gets onto that plane to Russia or not.