Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has urged the Whites to complete a stunning summer move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season and he is widely expected to move on to pastures new this summer.
Whelan backs Leeds to sign Draxler
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan urged the Whites to swoop for Draxler in the summer transfer window, in what would represent a major signal of intent:
“From what I’ve seen from him at PSG, I’d take him all day long. He’s very comfortable on the ball, he’s got a good turn of pace, he’s got international quality. These are the attributes you need.
“It’s a free contract. It’s only going to be wages and not a hefty fee.
“If you’re looking to strengthen and to bring players in that are going to push us further, then absolutely. If he’s available, you go and get him.”
Transfer Tavern take
In an ideal world, Leeds would sign Draxler and he would help take them to the next level moving forward, such is his quality and success throughout his career – one that has brought with it one World Cup and three Ligue 1 titles, among other trophies.
The reality is that Marcelo Bielsa will have to work some magic to bring the German to Elland Road though, with wealthier clubs more likely to offer him bigger wages to match his current eye-watering deal of almost £126,000 per week.
It is a sign of Leeds’ progress that they are even in the conversation for such a top-class player, having made giant strides in recent years, but we can’t see the Whites stumping up the kind of wages Draxler would want, especially given the strong negotiating stance he will hold this summer as a free signing.
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