Rumoured Leeds United transfer target Julian Draxler has reportedly made up his mind over his future, with the German set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move to Elland Road in January in what would have been a major signal of intent from Marcelo Bielsa.
Instead, Draxler ended up staying put at PSG until the end of the season, but he has only managed a total of nine starts in Ligue 1 in the current campaign.
Draxler makes key decision over PSG future
According to Sport1 [via Leeds Live], the 56-cap Germany World Cup winner has decided where his next destination will be this summer, but the report doesn’t specify which club he intends joining, leaving one major question unanswered.
Draxler’s current PSG deal expires at the end of the season, meaning that whoever snaps him will be able to sign him on a free transfer.
Transfer Tavern take
In truth, Draxler’s wage demands are likely to be too great for Leeds to justify, with the winger thought to be earning close to a staggering £363,000 per week at PSG. That is almost seven times more than what Rodrigo, who is the Whites’ top earner, takes home.
If Bielsa managed to work his magic, it would be a stunning piece of business given the player’s pedigree, but he is likely to head to a club which may be better placed to meet his current wages.
Were he to move to Elland Road, however, he could have the potential to elevate Leeds to an even higher level, inspiring those around him to duly raise their own standards. For instance, his passing success rate of 88% this term is bettered by only three members of Bielsa’s squad – all of whom have defensive roles and barely feature.
That alone suggests that Draxler would be a tremendous addition to the Whites if they can land him.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly ‘not expecting’ one player to stay at the club beyond this summer. Find out who it is here.
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