Shocking: Arsenal to lose their long-term target to PSG, claims top Italian website

Sankha Ghosh / 08 August 2016

Paris St Germain has entered the race to sign Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler.

22-year-old Draxler has been a long-term target for Arsenal and further boosted his reputation after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Germany.

The talented winger, who has a £63m release clause, recently revealed he is looking to quit Wolfsburg – 12 months after joining from fellow Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

The Gunners are believed to be interested but It’s Everton who’ve made the first approach after opening talks with Wolfsburg, despite that Arsenal enjoyed the status of firm favourite till now.

But the Premier League duo now face fierce competition from PSG.

The French champions, now managed by Unai Emery, are looking to bolster their ranks after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.

Italian website GianlucaDiMarzio claims they’ve identified Draxler as a potential signing – despite Wolfsburg’s tough stance.

The German outfit insisted Draxler wouldn’t be leaving.

A club statement said: “Wolfsburg will not transfer Julian Draxler during the current transfer period.

“Wolfsburg have explained to Julian Draxler once again in a talk that his desire to leave the club cannot be accommodated.”

Last week German media claimed Draxler has been fined by his club Wolfsburg after demanding a transfer away this summer.

The Germany international gave a shocking interview to Bild earlier last week, claiming he’d been lied to by the club about being allowed to leave.

Latest reports from Bild now claim Draxler could be handed a fine of around £85,000 for his comments, with Wolfsburg showing they are no pushovers.

Arsenal continues to be linked with the 22-year-old attacking midfielder, but it was reported yesterday that it would cost them a club record 50 million pounds to tempt him away from his current club.

Still, with Draxler’s relations with Wolfsburg seemingly at an all-time low, there may be some hope that the Gunners can persuade the Bundesliga outfit to let the unhappy player go.