Arsenal are linked with hundreds of players every time the transfer window opens up. Although there are a few consistent names that pop up each time, it’s usually a mix of players that Arsene Wenger probably has no real interest in buying.
One player who Wenger is a keen admirer of however, is Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler. The player is consistently linked with the Gunners and reports from the past will suggest that the Gunners have made their interest known formally, subject to a few bids. However of course the move has never materialised, largely due to the fact that the club has never wanted to sell. Now may be a different case however, with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg reportedly more than happy to make a deal with a buyer for Draxler.
Draxler has supposedly fallen out with Wolfsburg officials on various occasions since his move from Schalke, with the German star supposedly desiring a move elsewhere. His wish has never been granted but reports this week will tell you that the striker may have played his final game for his current club.
With the January transfer window just around the corner, this of course means that Arsenal are undoubtedly going to be linked with the player. But is there going to be any truth in the rumours?
Arsene Wenger is known to be a big fan of the winger-converted striker. His ability to play a number of positions on the pitch makes him a real asset, not to mention that he has been a influential player in all the sides he’s been a part of. Draxler would definitely be a good fit for the Arsenal and although the Gunners may have finally found success with Alexis Sanchez up front, it does of course mean that we arguably now need another player to replace Alexis’ position on the wing.
Draxler is likely to be valued at around the £30-35 million mark, despite reports during the summer quoting a figure closer to £50 million. However as Wolfsburg are now clearly keen to get rid of the player, I’m sure that the Gunners would be able to negotiate a much better deal than they have in previous transfer windows.
Do the Gunners need Draxler? Will Wenger show an interest in the German international?