Alex McLeish has suggested that Leeds United may have an advantage in the race to sign Julian Draxler from PSG.
Italian news outlet Gazetta dello Sport have reported that the Elland Road faithful, in addition to Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin, are interested in signing the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner as he heads into the final six months of his current deal at Paris Saint Germain – Fabrizio Romano also recently commented on the possibility of a deal.
Should Leeds sign Draxler?
Marcelo Bielsa and Mauricio Pochettino have a good relationship with each other, with the latter calling the former one of his ‘footballing fathers’ in the past.
When asked by Football Insider if the relationship between the two managers could help in the striking deals for the likes of Draxler in the transfer market, McLeish said:
“Yep, the old pals act can work very well in football. It’s been done many, many times before.
“I remember I tried to get a player way, way back in the day and Roy Keane was at Sunderland at the time and it was a Manchester United player, he got him.
“He did really well for them and he could have helped my team at the time. So, that was all kind of the old pals act, so I think that’s something that could benefit Bielsa and Pochettino.”
Draxler could be a good signing for Leeds
Draxler could be a good signing for the Yorkshire club, and Bielsa may be able to negotiate a decent fee with his old friend in Pochettino if they are to sign him in January, or on a pre-contract so that they can pick him up on a free transfer in the summer transfer window.
The 27 year-old has scored no fewer than 67 goals and made a further 72 assists in 421 senior games in total combined for both club and country (Transfermarkt), and has played at the highest level for the likes of FC Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg and of course PSG.
With his experience, the attacking midfield player could be a shrewd addition for the Whites.
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