Arsenal lose out to PSG in race to sign long-term targetPublished December 21, 2016
With the transfer window set to open in just over a week, Arsenal have suffered an early blow after it emerged that long-term target Julian Draxler has agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Gunners have tracked the talented German international for a number of years, and have been repeatedly linked with a move to bring him to London in recent seasons.
However, Ligue 1 champions PSG have stolen a march on Arsene Wenger and Co by offering him a swift escape route from his Wolfsburg hell.
Widely deemed to be the new star of German football after his breakthrough at Schalke in 2011, the 23-year-old quickly fell out of favour at new club Wolfsburg following his 2015 switch to the Volkswagen Arena and was roundly booed during a recent home game against Hertha Berlin.
A parting of the ways has thus become inevitable, with Arsenal and PSG believed to be leading the race to sign him in a cut-price deal.
But the Daily Mail claims that after positive discussions over terms, Draxler’s representatives have plumped for a move to the Parc des Princes, and the French outfit will now seek to quickly push through a transfer to ward off any potential interest from Arsenal.
It is understood that the two clubs are still some way apart in their respective valuations of the creative midfielder, with Wolfsburg demanding around £34 million for a player still regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.
Given the riches available to Unai Emery in the French capital, such an accommodation should be relatively easy to reach, and it is expected Draxler will become a PSG player in early January once the window opens.
Draxler has amassed 8 goals and 10 assists in 45 games for The Wolves.
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