Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler has revealed that he would love to play in the Premier League and has earmarked Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea among possible destinations in the future.

The Schalke midfielder was linked with a big money move to Arsenal last summer, which fell through as the Gunners brought in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a record fee of £42m. The midfielder, who can also play wide, is among the most intriguing prospects in German football at the moment who also have the likes of Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle coming through.

The 20-year-old is in the squad to face England in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday with Mesut Ozil being rested for the game. However, the German international is nonplussed by the occasion and goes on to talk about England's best midfield prospects.

With his talent apparent in the Bundesliga, a lot of clubs have made him their prime target and Draxler claims that he will only play for the top three clubs if he moves to England, while singling out Manchester United and Arsenal.

"I like English football. I like the Premier League of course - it's one of the best leagues in the world. You have big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea - of course it's a big dream to play for one of them," Draxler told the BBC.

"I have my favourite team, but at the moment I'm at Schalke. I don't want to talk about other clubs. If I state Arsenal or Manchester United, maybe I'd read it tomorrow in the newspapers (laughs)."

The youngster was then dragged into the irrepressible question of who will make it to the German first XI from the England squad and was also asked about England's best midfield prospects.

"For the starting XI, I think Wayne Rooney. I like him very much. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard could play in every team in the world so why not for Germany? In English football we see many good players - like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey (Draxler is interrupted and told that Ramsey is Welsh). (Laughs) Let's talk about Jack Wilshere...," he concluded in a fit of laughter.