Arsenal will reportedly need to be break their club transfer record if they are to sign want-away Wolfsburg forward Julian Draxler.
According to the Daily Star, the 22-year-old will cost the Gunners’ a whopping £50 million, eclipsing the £42.4 million paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
The Germany international has become searing hot property in the last week after he announced his desire to leave the Bundesliga for a top Premier League club.
Arsenal have been linked with the young forward for some time now and while there is interest from Serie A in the form of Juventus, the player himself has indicated his preference for life at the Emirates Stadium.
Concern among the Arsenal faithful is growing, as with only four weeks left in the transfer window, manager Arsène Wenger has, so far this summer, only signed one proven player of quality, Granit Xhaka. While he has added Rob Holding in defence and Takuma Asano up front, both are as of yet unproven.
The opportunity to acquire a top class forward such as Draxler will have fans salivating and though Everton have reportedly shown an interest in the German, Arsenal remain in pole position to complete a deal.
All that is required now is for the notoriously frugal French manager to break the club record transfer fee. Whether he is willing to do that or not, remains to be seen.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena