Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Wants Alexis Sanchez, Julian Draxler Swap

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2017

ANGERS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 4: Julian Draxler of PSG celebrates his goal during the French Ligue 1 match between Angers SCO and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at Stade Raymond Kopa on November 4, 2017 in Angers, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly wants to swap Alexis Sanchez for Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler in January. 

According to Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star, Wenger could sell Sanchez for around £30 million in January but would prefer a player in exchange, specifically Draxler.

The Chilean is in the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium, so January is the club's last chance to recoup something on him before losing him for free next summer.

Per ESPN FC's Mattias Karen, Wenger has admitted Sanchez could go this winter:

Mattias Karén @MattiasKaren

Wenger on whether Sanchez, Ozil could be sold in January: "Once you're in our kind of situation you envisage every solution. It's possible."

The forward is nowhere near the form that saw him rack up 30 goals and 19 assists last season, so there could be some merit to cashing in on him in January, particularly to PSG, as that would allow Arsenal to ensure he does not strengthen their domestic rivals.

Football writer Connor Humm was not impressed with his contribution against Manchester City as the Gunners lost 3-1:

TikiTakaConnor @TikiTakaConnor

Alexis must have set City on at least SIX counter-attacks from his careless play. Wow.

Draxler isn't quite in the same mould as Sanchez—he's a much less prolific goalscorer for a startbut he would be a strong addition to the squad.

The 24-year-old only arrived in Paris in January, but he has been ousted by the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, leading Goal's Robin Bairner to see sense in links with Arsenal:

Robin Bairner @RBairner

#Draxler to #Arsenal would be a deal that makes sense from #PSG's perspective. He's not failed in Paris, just joined at the wrong time. #AFC

Draxler has made 14 appearances this season but has totalled just 717 minutes on the pitch.

He has nevertheless managed to produce two goals and four assists, and he has largely been utilised as a central midfielder. Per ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson, he has taken to his new position well:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Julian Draxler's move to midfield has rejuvenated his PSG career, for now - https://t.co/t0l234OpGr - For @ESPNFC.

However, while Johnson noted the change "should ensure that Draxler remains happy until January," the arrival of a defensive midfielder could see him lose his place to Adrien Rabiot.

The Germany international may be reluctant to leave PSG so soon after arriving, but the promise of a key role in north London could prove tempting given his current situation.

It would be a wise decision from Arsenal, too, should Sanchez's form continue to disappoint.


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