Julian Draxler is a name that has seemingly been linked with Premier League clubs for years, despite the German international only being 23 years of age. The former Schalke 04 man moved to fellow Bundesliga side Wolfsburg last summer, having missed much of the previous campaign through injury and has scored nine goals for the German side, but a disappointing start to the season sees them occupy 13th place ahead of the traditional winter break.
That’s left plenty of room for rumours of a January exit to swirl, with France-based journalist Jonathan Johnson suggesting that a deal to bring Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain could be on the cards. Such a deal would make sense; the reigning French champions are struggling after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United this summer, and currently sit third in Ligue 1, five points behind table-topping Nice. Draxler would bring pace and quality to a side that has flattered to deceive without their former talismanic Swede.
Speaking of United, there’s an argument to be made that Jose Mourinho’s side could use someone of Draxler’s quality in their attack, given how hit-and-miss the team has been out wide this season. Each of the players that Mourinho has picked to play either side of Ibrahimovic so far this term have sparkled on occasion, but not consistently.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan spent several months on the bench after a disastrous display against Manchester City, and has only recently shown the kind of form that made his summer purchase from Borussia Dortmund so exciting; Anthony Martial has struggled for consistency and has failed to nail down a regular place in the starting XI after bursting onto the scene one year ago, and Jesse Lingard remains a confounding presence, capable of a sublime finish one minute and an embarrassing blast over the crossbar the next.
Draxler could give United something different. After a stuttering start to his career in Germany, a move to a club of this size would be a gigantic step up for him, but one he would likely relish. His pace, ability and fearlessness would be welcome in the rough-and-tumble world of the Premier League, and given the inconsistency that seemingly plagues United’s wide players, he could quickly make himself an important part of Mourinho’s plans, if he settles well.
It seems far more likely that United have their sights set firmly on Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann as the man to complete their attack, but if Mourinho can get the best out of him, Draxler would be an excellent addition, too.