Leeds United have been loosely linked with Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Julian Draxler ever since the Whites gained promotion to the Premier League. The Germany international, Robin Koch’s international teammate, is on the fringes at PSG – but it remains to be seen what kind of future he has at the French side since Mauricio Pochettino arrived as Thomas Tuchel’s successor.
Draxler, 27, has managed just nine appearances for PSG this season – starting only five of those and completing 90 minutes only on two occasions. He has entered the final six months of his contract at PSG and is expected to leave the club either this month, or at the end of the season. The Gazzetta Dello Sport – as per the Express – claim Leeds are still interested.
It is believed that Leeds are hoping for a favour from ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino. The report states that they are hoping Pochettino allows Draxler to leave the club on loan – allowing the Whites to bring him to Elland Road. The Sun claim Draxler is earning wages worth a whopping £120,000 a week, a figure which would eclipse Leeds’ highest earner Rodrigo by more than double.
Spotrac claim Rodrigo earns £58,000 a week at Elland Road – so a loan move for Draxler would likely have to see PSG subsidise his enormous wages. Whether a loan deal would then turn permanent in the summer given his contract expires in June, remains to be seen. But the Whites are seemingly pursuing a deal as they finally look for a partner for Mateusz Klich.
Leeds fans have discussed a potential move for Draxler on Twitter – a player who already has 56 caps for Germany under his belt. The connection between Andrea Radrizzani and PSG’s owners could prove to be crucial in a move for Draxler – if Leeds do go after the ex-Schalke man. While some would like him at Leeds, many are wary a deal is unlikely.