Everton have emerged as a surprise challenger for want-away Wolfsburg forward Julian Draxler.
Until now, all transfer talk surrounding the 22-year-old has involved Arsenal and many assumed that the young Germany international would be lining out for the Gunners by the time the new Premier League season rolls in.
Now, according to the Independent, Everton were first to make a move for Draxler following his shock announcement that he wishes to leave the Bundesliga side for a ‘top’ English club.
The €75 million release clause, slapped on the player by Wolfsburg, should be of little trouble to the cash rich Toffees. With majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri giving the Merseyside club massive buying power and the reported potential sale of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, Ronald Koeman’s side can easily afford the hefty price tag.
However with the German club furious at Draxler’s request to leave and the fact that he wishes to move to a club that will be involved in the Champions League next season, Everton must be regarded as rank outsiders for securing a deal for the talented forward.
Arsenal have yet to officially make a move for the German, although reports that Wenger is interested in the player, have been circulating for some time.
With the Gunners’ forward roster denuded of much of it’s firepower for the start of the new campaign, fans will be urging manager Arsène Wenger to step up and open the wallet.
After all, it is not every day that a 22-year-old, 6′ 2″ forward with 24 goals from a 141 Bundesliga appearances, come on the market.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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