Julian Draxler will not be a Wolfsburg player after the end of the season with the player, admired by Arsene Wenger for an eternity, set to leave according to his agent.
Draxler wanted to leave in the summer prompting another series of rumours linking Arsenal with a move for the German, but in the end Wolfsburg held firm, holding out for the release clause that comes into play next summer (€75m/£67.5m).
Over the summer, it was reported that Arsenal placed a bid of £50m on the table for Draxler, but that was never confirmed. It was also reported that Wolfsburg were going to accept a £41.9m offer from Arsenal for the player, but, as we all know, that definitely never happened.
Speaking to Tuttosport, his agent, Fabio Parisi, said, “Max Allegri had spoken to Draxler, they were in sync and there was an immediate rapport between them.
“Wolfsburg have strong owners, but unfortunately for the German fans, everyone wants to leave there. Over the summer Draxler was on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain, who had offered nearly €65m (£59m).
“He will definitely leave Wolfsburg at the end of the season. He would’ve gladly run to join Juve and is the ideal trequartista for Allegri.
“I repeat: Draxler will leave, but whether or not Juventus are interested again is another matter.
“I think the Bianconeri can still spend big money, as their revenue is close to that of the top European clubs.
“The very real profit made on Paul Pogba will have an effect on their balance sheets for the next few years, allowing Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici to make more investments.”
Nothing like a subtle come and get me plea, is there?
His comments, while exciting from the point of view of Draxler on the move, are disappointing as Arsenal are mentioned nowhere. That doesn’t mean we won’t go back in for him, but somehow I think that £67.5m is just a step too far for Arsene Wenger.
Should he leave, however, don’t rule out the next manager wanting to make a statement signing and Julian Draxler would certainly be that.