Julian Draxler has alerted Arsenal and Manchester United after expressing his desire to leave Wolfsburg this summer. The German midfielder is keen to move to a top club in Europe after spending just one season with the Bundesliga side.
The 22-year-old revealed that he had an agreement in place with the manager Dieter Hecking and sporting director Klaus Allofs regarding a possible exit at any time if a bigger club arrived with an offer. Draxler's comments indicate that one of the top clubs from across Europe has reached out for a possible move, and he is hoping the Wolfsburg hierarchy will honour the agreement between the player and the club.
Arsenal and United have been keeping an eye on the player since his time with Schalke, but he chose to move to Wolfsburg rather than one of the top European clubs last summer, but following his exploits with Germany at Euro 2016, he is now keen to secure a move away. Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the midfielder, who has been linked to the Gunners in the past, and recently labelled him as among some of the most talented youngsters in Europe.
The Bundesliga outfit have made it clear that the versatile midfielder, who can also play as a forward, is not for sale, especially after losing Andre Schurrle to Borussia Dortmund earlier in the summer. Draxler's comments, however, are set to give interested clubs a boost in their pursuit, but they will have to meet Wolfsburg's valuation, which according to the Mirror, is around £38m ($52m).
"We shortly texted. I talked on the phone with coach Hecking. Two days after the semifinal at the Euro I explained my point of view and expressed my wish that I want to leave the club. Now I'm back in Germany and things are being communicated via the media rather than with me in person. Now I also wanted to make myself heard," Draxler said, as quoted by ESPN FC.
"When I transferred to Wolfsburg in 2015, we had a verbal agreement that I can leave the club when a possibility emerges. With Dieter Hecking as well as Klaus Allofs. It was obvious that Wolfsburg showed me a good perspective back then, but also served as stepping stone," the Germany international explained.
"It was set between all persons involved that I could leave for an international top club when the chance presents itself. It was agreed that we would have reasonable talks, if other clubs show interest."