Arsenal and Leeds United have emerged as frontrunners for the signature of winger Julian Draxler who seems to be on his way out of Paris. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United hope to continue their rebuild to adapt to the Premier League while Arsenal have been offered the German player in exchange of Mateo Guenduozi.
The Champions League finalists hope to make a substantial addition to their midfield comprising mainly of Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye. In a bid to being back Guendozi back to his native country, the club are prepared Julian Draxler as part of the deal.
After his outburst against Brighton and Hove Albion in the return of Premier League’s post the lockdown, Guendouzi has gone down the pecking order. In the 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium, the young midfielder was involved in a spat against striker Neil Maupay.
With Arsenal currently looking to offload players after completing a string of signings, PSG’s desire could very well meet Arsenal in the eye.
Mikel Arteta left Guendouzi off the squad for the FA Cup final which led to speculation of the player not being in the plans of the Spaniard. With the club having difficulty to splurge the cash post the pandemic, Guendouzi was rumoured to be used as a bargaining chip in their pursuit of midfielders Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
According to L’Equipe, Arsenal were hoping to receive a sum of around 30 million but are willing to reduce the fee if Draxler is included in the deal.
Leeds to compete with Arsenal for the services of Draxler
After the exits of Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani, the Paris officials are open to let Draxler leave as well to clear their wage bill.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa, after the signing of striker Rodrigo from Valencia, is reported to ask for Draxler, next at Elland Road.
The German winger only made 22 appearances last season with the arrival of attackers Kylian Mbappe and Neymar severely hampering his chance for game-time.
While Draxler is stated to be against a move to Elland Road for Leeds, there would be an added incentive when it comes to play for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.