Manchester United have reportedly bid a whopping £38.5 million for Wolfsburg’s star midfielder, Julian Draxler.
That’s according to TransferMarketWeb (h/t Alex Harris of the Daily Star), which has suggested Red Devils officials made the offer for the Germany international on Monday. It’s noted that the Bundesliga side are keen to keep the man they signed from Schalke 04 last summer, and the amount is only likely to be a starting point in negotiations.
Draxler has long been considered one of the finest prospects in the German top flight, and at 22, he is beginning to mature as footballer. Here is a look at what he offered in his debut term at Wolfsburg:
Last season wasn’t the best for the midfielder, as he found it tough to replace the influence of Kevin De Bruyne at the Volkswagen Arena in a struggling side. Still, there were plenty of glimpses of what this fine young player is all about.
Draxler can operate in any of the positions behind the centre-forward and brings a varied set of attributes to the final third. The German is tall and physical on the ball, as well as being skilful.
Matches that see defences packed and space at a minimum often allow Draxler to thrive more than most, as he can find passes or wriggle out of tight spaces.
The Guardian's Barney Ronay watched Draxler for Germany at the 2016 UEFA European Championship and suggested he’d be a fine acquisition for the Red Devils:
United would benefit from having a player of this style around. Draxler is both dynamic and intricate with the ball, meaning he’d bring greater diversity to the team’s attacking play.
Still, it’d be a big surprise if Wolfsburg cashed in on such a marquee acquisition after just one season. Draxler has more to offer his current employers, and with four years left on his contract, the Bundesliga side are under no pressure to sell.
Paul Pogba Asking Price Named
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t James Walters of the Daily Star), Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, said to be a target for Manchester United, can leave the club this summer provided a team coughs up £125 million for his signature.
Mark Ogden of The Independent reported recently that the former Red Devils starlet is among manager Jose Mourinho’s top summer targets. But even for a club as flush as United, the amount mentioned is a serious sum to pay for a player who still has a lot to learn in the game.
Of course, Pogba is a force of nature in the middle of the park for Juventus at times. Here is a look at some of his standout moments from another triumphant Serie A season:
There are parts of his game that remain a little raw, though. While Pogba is powerful, runs purposefully with the ball and has a penchant for conjuring spectacular moments, he’s still a little erratic. At the ongoing European Championship, his willingness to cling to possession and overcomplicate situations has left many a France supporter frustrated.
Still, according to WhoScored.com, Pogba was the standout player in the Italian top flight last term, with a handy return in terms of goals and assists:
For United, getting Pogba through the door would be a statement. It’d show the club still has pulling power despite a lack of elite-level European football.
But getting him to Old Trafford would be tough. The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, told Marca’s Jose Felix Diaz there have been talks with Real Madrid already; as Ogden noted, Manchester City and Barcelona have also been linked with the Frenchman in the past.