With Mario Götze having a terrible time of it at Euro 2016 and all reliable reports pointing to Liverpool having abandoned their pursuit of the former Klopp pupil with the signing of Sadio Mané, rumour mongers have found themselves in desperate need of another young German attacker to fill column inches.
Enter Julian Draxler, Wolfsburg’s 22-year-old rising star who can play anywhere in support of a striker and who would likely cost in excess of £50M. Arsenal and Manchester United also find themselves linked to the young German international who scored nine goals and eight assists in 35 total appearances for his club last season.
Wolfsburg, for their part, accept Draxler is a player who will leave them eventually, but a potential suitor will have to wow them with an offer first. If there was the will to buy him, though, that might not put Liverpool off given Jürgen Klopp was told he would have at least £70M to spend this summer—and sales could double that.
So far, Klopp has appeared largely content with his squad, augmenting the £30M signing of Sadio Mané with a couple of shrewd value purchases—signing Loris Karius for less than £5M and bringing in Joel Matip on a free transfer. But, should he need it, it is likely the money would be there to make a splashy signing like Draxler.
The question of course is whether Klopp would actually want to or if this Draxler talk is just desperate rumour mongers looking to fill column inches. After all, if the club are no longer interested in Mario Götze due to having signed Mané, spending £50M on a player who would fill the same role as both rather seems a stretch.
Draxler arrived at Wolfsburg for €36M last summer after coming up through the ranks at Schalke. His nine goals and eight assists equates to a goal or assist every 152 minutes for the versatile attacker. In the same period, Mané had a goal or assist every 130 minutes in all competitions and Götze had one every 121 minutes.