Arsenal in talks to complete £64m signing: Contract offered, Squad number set aside for club record capturePublished August 29, 2016
Arsene Wenger if often accused of failing to spend during the transfer window but it appears the Arsenal manager may be looking to make up for lost time this summer.
Arsenal are already set to announce the double capture of La Liga based duo Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez but the North London side may have one more trick up their sleeve.
There is growing speculation that an imminent bid from PSG for Wolfsburg youngster Julian Draxler will spark a big money offer from Arsenal for the 22-year-old.
Wenger is known to be a big fan of the German international and sees the attacking midfielder as a player who can be moulded into a striking weapon, indeed a few seasons ago he was touted as a potential ‘New Robin van Persie’, and now the Gunners are ready to match PSG’s reported €75m (£64m) offer for the Bundesliga starlet.
Arsenal have begun the season in mixed fashion, collecting four points from their opening three matches, and the addition of quality signings will certainly aid a push for a long awaited Premier League title after a decade plus since their last triumph.
Draxler is said to be keen to leave Wolfsburg and has been fined £85k earlier this summer for attempting to engineer an exit.
A number of sides are said to be chasing Draxler but a move to Arsenal may well be one that greatly interests the former Schalke man.
The prospective £64m move would smash Arsenal’s transfer record, which currently stands at the £42.5m they spent on fellow German Mesut Ozil.
The imminent signings of Perez and Mustafi, coupled with the earlier signings of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, would bring Arsenal’s spending up near the £90m mark and that alone would see Wenger’s reputation as a miserly operator addressed.
The potential signing of Draxler would therefore take the club’s summer outlay to around £150m and in the same ballpark as the sums Manchester City and Manchester United have racked up in during the current transfer window.
Though still weeks away from hisn 23rd birthday, Draxler has already racked up over 200 top tier appearances and has 24 national team caps to his name, all the more impressive given injury issues he suffered in the latter stages of his time at the Veltins-Arena.
Draxler certainly suits Wenger’s style of play and is a player who would fit well in the final third at the Premier League side, who can of course offer the player the Champions League football Wolfsburg were unable to secure for 2016/17.
The squad number nine is still vacant and Draxler may be convinced to fill the spot and many sources have reported that a contract has been offered which would be some way above his current Wolfsburg salary.