The January transfer window is quickly approaching and one Paris Saint-Germain player has seen his name in the rumor mill lately and could be on his way out of the French capital sooner rather than later.
Julian Draxler is under contract with the reigning French champions until June 2021 but now would be a good time to part ways for both the player and club.
The 26-year-old is under pressure by the Germany national team manager Joachim Löw to find more minutes if he wants to be included in the squad for UEFA Euro 2020. So far, Draxler has only made eight total appearances this season with zero goals and two assists. Germany is one of the best national teams in the world and those kinds of numbers are not going to secure you a starting spot.
For PSG, Draxler is a player that is expendable and would command a transfer fee (around €20 million per RMC Sport) that can be re-invested in a position of need like right-back.
Olympique Lyonnais has already inquired about a loan deal but PSG turned that down as they’re not interested in loaning the German out and would rather get a transfer fee instead. While Draxler has maintained his desire to stay in Paris, Le Parisien is reporting that one Bundesliga team could make the attacking midfielder an enticing offer.
Hertha BSC hired Jürgen Klinsmann last month to lead their team out from mediocrity (currently 12th in the table) and Draxler is a player the former United States National Team manager would like to add to his squad.
Draxler, who has played for VfL Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 previously, would likely start the second the ink dried on the transfer paperwork and playing in the capital would certainly attract the attention of Löw.
In terms of money, the report from Le Parisien states that Hertha is now backed by a wealthy investor named Lars Windhorst who has promised to spend upwards of €200 million in order to build a squad that can compete in the UEFA Champions League. So, a transfer fee of €20 million shouldn’t be a problem for Hertha if they really want Draxler.
To replace Draxler, PSG sporting director Leonardo already has his targets set on AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paquetá who could arrive in January with the Serie A side struggling mightily and unlikely to qualify for the Champions League.
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