Friday, 22 November 2013

Manchester United enter Draxler race

The Schalke youngster has attracted interest from Europe's biggest clubs in recent months but Old Trafford officials are confident of swooping for the midfielder next summer.
Julian Draxler
Manchester United have entered the race to sign Schalke starlet Julian DraxlerGoal can reveal. 

Club scouts have watched the 20-year-old five times this season with a view to pursuing a move for him next summer. 

United boss David Moyes has been an admirer of Draxler for more than two years and hopes that a deal can be struck with Schalke despite interest also coming from a number of top European clubs.

Arsenal - who made an enquiry over the Germany international in the summer - are thought to be monitoring the situation, with Chelsea also considering a bid. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus and Inter have also all been linked to the Gladbeck-born youngster. 

Draxler's preferred option is a move to La Liga but he would also entertain the idea of playing for a Premier League giant if he feels that a move is right for him. 

Draxler has a €45.5 million (£38.5m) release clause in his contract but United are hopeful that a deal could be struck for just less than £30m. 

However, Goal understands that Arsenal were quoted £40m by Schalke following their informal enquiry for the midfielder. 

Goal revealed in July that the German rejected a pre-contract approach from Chelsea and it is thought in Germany that he will look at potential moves following this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Draxler, who signed a new contract at the Veltins Arena in May despite being linked heavily with a move to Schalke's rivals Dortmund, has made his strongest hint yet that he would be open to a move to England.

"I like English football. I like the Premier League, of course - it's one of the best leagues in the world," he told the BBC on Tuesday.

"You have big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea - of course it's a big dream to play for one of them. 

"I have my favourite team but, at the moment, I'm at Schalke. I don't want to talk about other clubs."

Draxler came on as a second-half substitute as Germany won 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday and impressed United defender Rio Ferdinand, who praised the attacker on Twitter. 

"The kid Draxler has got some ... liked what I've seen of him up to now," wrote the centre-back.

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