Manchester United plot £32m signing to complete summer spending

By Mark Peters IN General,Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 07:10 Aug 26th 2017

It has been evident over the course of the summer that Jose Mourinho has been looking to recruit a wide-left player, with both Ivan Perisic and Thomas Lemar being heavily linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Neither man has signed on the dotted line, however, with the influx of money into the game nowadays meaning that clubs can feel comfortable demanding ridiculous amounts for their star performers.

That does not seem to be the case where Paris Saint-Germain are concerned, with the £198m signing of Neymar meaning that they could be willing to deal Julian Draxler to the Red Devils for just £32m if reports in the Daily Star are to be believed.

JULIAN DRAXLER

Not a winger in the classic sense of the word, the two-footed German international tends to do his best work from a starting position out on the left, though he can also play in a no.10 role if required.

Still just 23 years of age, the former Schalke and VfL Wolfsburg player only joined the French giants midway through the previous campaign, though his presence helped to improve their results:

Julian Draxler
POS: MIDAGE: 23Y 11M
HEIGHT: 6FT 0INWEIGHT: 11ST 13LB
 
FL | PSG | 16/1716/17 16/17 | PSG | FL
WITHWITHOUT
17
MATCHES
21
76%
WIN%
67%
18%
DRAW%
14%
6%
LOSS%
19%
40
GOALS FOR
43
10
GOALS AGAINST
17
2.4
GOALS F
PER GAME
2
0.6
GOALS A
PER GAME
0.8
38.3
MINS PER
GOALS F
44
153
MINS PER
GOALS A
111.2
12
SHOTS F
PER GAME
11.1
2.5
POINTS
PER GAME
2.1
9
CLEAN SHEETS
12
9
TOTAL
4

In fact, PSG collected an extra 0.4 points per game in Ligue 1 when Draxler was involved, as well as scoring an additional 0.4 goals per match along the way.

Winner of the ‘Golden Ball’ award given to the player of the tournament as he captained Germany to Confederations Cup success in the summer just gone, the 23-year-old is blessed with tremendous natural talent:

Julian Draxler
POS: MIDAGE: 23Y 11M
HEIGHT: 6FT 0INWEIGHT: 11ST 13LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
12/13
Schalke
30
3
10
13/14
Schalke
26
5
2
14/15
Schalke
15
1
1
15/16
Schalke
3
1
15/16
Wolfsburg
21
5
5
16/17
Wolfsburg
13
2
TOTAL
108
16
19

Based on his numbers in the Bundesliga between 2012 and 2016, however, getting the young man to deliver on a consistent basis would be Jose Mourinho’s biggest challenge were he to bring him to Old Trafford.

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