Monday, August 26, 2019

Julian Draxler: Another German Prodigy On Route To Premier League?

Race hots up for one of Germany's biggest talents / Image via

Race hots up for one of Germany’s biggest talents / Image via

It has been an exciting summer for all the Premier League fans, who have witnessed their favourite clubs dig deep into their respective pockets to bring a fresh batch of talent from all over Europe.

It promises to be yet another exciting season in England and luckily for all of us Premier League aficionados final month of the summer transfer window is likely to bring even more action and excitement.

Heavy Investments

With Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all making heavy investments to bolster their respective squads in order to forge teams that will compete for major honours next term, other Premier League rivals will need to step it up if they want to follow the trend.

And while Liverpool have decided to go for the less known players and hidden gems, Arsenal are expected to make some last gasp moves in the market as Gunners fans grow impatient with Arsene Wenger’s chronic inactivity.

The arrival of Rob Holding from Bolton, Takuma Asano from Hiroshima and Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladback are deemed insufficient if Arsenal want to engage in the battle for major honours and several big-name players have already been mentioned in the press. Shkodran Mustafi and Riyad Mahrez would boost Arsenal’s odds of 6/1 on winning the Premier League significantly, while another name would immediately make Gunners strong title candidates.

The name is Julian Draxler.

German international has started his career playing for BV Rentford in his hometown Gladbach before he joined Schalke 04 in 2001.

Described as one of the biggest talents in the country, Draxler could be on his way to follow the footsteps of young Leroy Sane, who joined Manchester City this week and further increase the growing German colony in England.

Fourth youngest player ever to participate in the highest rank of the German League and the youngest player in Schalke’s Bundesliga history is a highly rated forward who has alarmed several English clubs when he went public to announce his desire to leave Wolfsburg.

Heart Set On A Move

Draxler was disappointed with how the club treated him as Wolfsburg had reportedly promised not to stand in his way when youngster decided to leave. Having categorically ruled out selling their prised asset this summer, Wolfsburg have sparked wrath of a young boy, who opened his heart to Bild.

“Before you go public like that you should really speak to me first. Two days after the European Championship semi-final I told manager Hecking how I saw the whole situation and what I want for myself – specifically to leave the club. I was given verbal assurances that I would be allowed to leave as any opportunities come along”, Draxler told Bild.

The alarm is on and several Premier League clubs have already entered the race with Arsenal leading the line for the signing of the 22-year-old talent.

Hot Race For the Hot Talent

Arsene Wenger has been linked with the German gem for months now and seems to be a preferred choice for a boy who is being advised by his Germany teammates in his decision making. And while Mesut Ozil is pushing Draxler towards the Emirates, Emre Can is nudging him towards Anfield and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Not your regular forward, Julian Draxler’s versatility in the final third can be a of good value for any Premier League side and the second Liverpool club Everton are also looking into the possibility of signing the German starlet this summer.

Wolfsburg’s Firm Stance

Draxler’s compelling performances for his club in Bundesliga and most notably during the 2016 European Championship in France have made him a hot target.

And as the player is holding out for a move away from Wolfsburg, his club are keeping a firm stance on the transfer.

According to the latest reports from Kicker, Julian Draxler will not be allowed to leave in 2016 as his current contract stipulates no release clause before 2017 when the 22-year-old could be allowed to change clubs for a price of €75 million.

Julian Draxler has made 34 appearances for Wolfsburg past season after signing on from Bundesliga rivals Schalke in 2015, but it appear that Premier League fans will be forced to wait at least for another year before they get the chance to enjoy in his talents first-hand.

Germany international is on a five-year deal with the Wolves and the youngest German player to ever reach the mark of 100 Bundesliga appearances is likely to remain embroiled in an unsolvable transfer conundrum for the rest of the month.

Will Wolfsburg change their mind and let Draxler leave in August?


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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