Arsenal Set to Complete £44m Star Signing: Medical Set for Early Next Week, Squad Number Set Aside, Contract Negotiations UnderwayPublished August 21, 2016
Arsenal are closing in on a new club record signing with Arsene Wenger seeking to complete the capture of long-term target Julian Draxler.
A number of sources have spoken of Wenger’s push to bring in the cultured Wolfsburg attacking midfielder and it is believed a £44m will be accepted by the Bundesliga side.
The 22-year-old has long been the subject of interest from the North London club and Wenger feels it’s time to bring in a signing to show real intent after a less than glorious start to the current campaign.
Arsenal lost their season opener at home to Liverpool and then drew a blank against reigning champions Leicestedr City and Gunners fans are angry that thus far Wenger has made just one big-name addition, that coming in the form of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The offer of £44m would eclipse the £42.5m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil back in 2013 and may help appease the fan-base of a club who have now gone a decade plus since their last Premier League title triumph.
Two years ago speculation was rife that Wenger has earmarked Draxler as a player he could mould into a central striking weapon but a deal was not forthcoming and the German international has since left for the Volkswagen Arena but is apparently ready to quit and is open to a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal are ready to offer Draxler a massive pay-hike with a long-term contract worth an estimated £110k a week, some way in excess of his current deal.
Draxler bagged nine goals in his debut season at Wolfsburg but Dieter Hecking’s side slipped to an eighth place finish and that lack of Champions League action may fuel the player’s motivation to leave before the summer transfer window slams shut.
The stylish playmaker can play on either flank and in a central midfield role and many have stated the belief Draxler can impress in a striking role, and it’s in that role that Wenger may see most worth in the Bundesliga star.
Draxler was part of Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad, netting during Germany’s 3-0 second stage win over Slovakia, and is certainly a player with a bright future and great sell-on value potential.
Arsenal have a vacancy for a number nine in their squad number list and Draxler may well be the man to fill the slot.