3 Aug 2016

Anfield Boost: 'Excellent' £52m sensation wanted by Liverpool confirms he wants to sign for a 'top international club'

Liverpool are currently linked with an improbable move for Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler, and the German attacker has now confirmed that he definitely wants a transfer this summer.

Last week, the Liverpool Echo claimed:

* Jurgen Klopp is preparing a move for Draxler.

* Liverpool will have to pay 'in excess of £52m' to sign Draxler.

When asked on Tuesday about the possibility of a transfer, Draxler emphatically confirmed:

"I want to leave Wolfsburg. I was verbally assured that I can leave the club when given opportunities. I would like to go to a top international club".

You don't get any clearer that that! Some info about Draxler:

* 22-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing. Current contract expires: 2020.

* Wolfsburg: 50/50 split between playing on the wing (mainly left), and playing as a number-10.

* Schalke/Wolfsburg: 38 goals/37 assists (75) in 170 apps (Goal every 344 mins. G/A every 174 mins). 2 goals in 22 games for Germany.

* Last Season: 16 goals/assists in 33 apps (Goal every 280 mins. G/A every 140 mins).

* Jun 2016: Michael Ballack's assessment: "Julian Draxler is an excellent player, but he also needs three or four meters of space to do his dribbling".

The idea of Draxler is appealing (tall, powerful German international), but his overall creative return is simply not good enough. Granted, he's only 22, but a goal every 344 minutes in the Bundesliga is average, and is not an upgrade on Liverpool's current attackers.

Plus, £52m for is a total rip-off. Draxler cost £30m only a year ago, and he's arguably achieved little in the last twelve months to justify a 43% increase in transfer value.

In my view, Draxler is displaying rank disloyalty towards Wolfsburg here. He signed a five-year deal last summer, and twelve months later, he's pushing to leave. That's modern football for you, though - money talks, and as Man City's £37m deal for Leroy Sane shows, every player has a price.

Do Liverpool have any chance whatsoever of signing Draxler?

^ Schalke's club record transfer fee.


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