There is plenty of talk surrounding Arsenal’s pursuit of Julian Draxler today, with Paris Saint-Germain claimed to have slapped an asking price on the player’s head.
Latest reports claim that Alexis Sanchez will only be sold if we can agree a deal to bring the German winger in from the French giants, with Draxler supposedly available for £40 Million.
Arsenal are claimed to be eyeing a deal worth £30 Million, £10 Million shy of the supposed asking price, but I don’t expect the £40 Million asking price to prove an issue if our club is serious about his arrival, especially when considering we were ready to pay £90 Million for Thomas Lemar last summer.
With the German available in the coming window, I don’t see why his arrival should have any reflection on the future of Alexis Sanchez, who has done very little in an Arsenal shirt this season despite being kept in a first-team role.
The Chilean may well be forced to fight for his place with the arrival of Draxler, who would put pressure on the 29 year-old’s importance in the side. His signing could also prove key in trying to persuade the duo of Ozil and Alexis to stay with the club beyond the summer, should he prove to be a big hit in North London.
Reports today claimed that club chiefs were growing confident of striking a deal that would see both players stay at the Emirates beyond their current deals, but it seems hard to believe that we would be able to extend the pairs contracts with such little time remaining.
Both Alexis and Ozil will be allowed to talk to foreign clubs about potential free transfers from January.
Should Arsenal push to sign Draxler while attempting to keep both Ozil and Alexis until the summer?