Arsenal given green light to pursue £40m Julian Draxler

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Arsenal have been handed encouragement in their pursuit of Julian Draxler, 22.

Speaking to Bild, the German international revealed that he had told Wolfsburg that he wanted to move abroad three weeks ago. According to the winger, both sporting director Klaus Allofs and coach Dieter Hecking gave him verbal assurances that he could leave when “given opportunities”.

Arsène Wenger has been following Draxler for several years but this is an earlier opportunity to land a prized target than expected.

The Gunners are likely to face competition from Juventus for his signature with the Italian giants heavily linked with Draxler earlier in the summer.

A member of the German squad which lost to France in the semi-final of Euro 2016, he scored once during the tournament, netting the final goal in the 3 – 0 win over Slovakia.

Draxler took the footballing world by surprise when he moved from Schalke 04 to Wolfsburg last summer but one year later has opted to seek a new challenge outside of the Bundesliga.

Wolfsburg finished in 8th place in last season’s Bundesliga leaving Draxler frustrated in his dream of playing regular Champions League football. Both Arsenal and Juventus are perennial qualifiers for Europe’s premier competition.

The move is expected to be completed quickly as both clubs prepare for their domestic season’s which begin within the next three weeks.

 

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