Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Julian Draxler from Bundesliga rivals Schalke on a five-year deal following the departure of Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian’s much-discussed move to Manchester City finally went through on Sunday, along with Ivan Perisic’s switch to Inter, and Wolfsburg have been quick to help fill the void by bringing in Germany winger Draxler.
Despite injuries disrupting his playing time last season, Draxler had attracted interest from Serie A champions Juventus in recent weeks.
However, Schalke rejected Juve’s offer, with the accepted Wolfsburg bid reported to be in the region of €35 million plus add-ons.
Schalke confirmed the fee received was a club-record sum and that Draxler had expressed a desire to move on at the end of last season.
Sporting director Horst Heldt told the club’s official website: “There are two reasons for our decision to accept Wolfsburg’s offer: we will not be disclosing information about the transfer fee, but we can say that it is the biggest transfer we’ve received for a player at Schalke.
“Moreover, we have complied with Julian’s desire to move to another club. At the end of last season, Julian came to me and expressly said that he wanted to leave the club.
“I told him that we would consider any offers that came in for him, but I also tried to convince him until the end to stay in light of the new sporting direction that we’re now taking.
“Julian acknowledges the positive developments that we’ve seen in recent months, but this did not change his stance. Instead he repeated his desire to leave.
“This meant that Schalke had to make a decision for the benefit of the club. It was clear for us that we would only agree to any transfer if the offer matched our valuation,
“Julian Draxler has been essential in Schalke’s sporting success in recent years, including a DFB-Pokal title and three years in the Champions League. In that time, he always identified himself with our aims.
“We would like to thank him for his services and wish him all the best for his sporting future.”
The Gelsenkirchen club announced the deal soon after Wolfsburg confirmed the arrival of centre-back Dante from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.