In recent weeks, there have been rumblings in France that Julian Draxler could be headed off on loan in January and that Liverpool or Arsenal would be likely suitors if he was. In truth, it’s not a rumour that made much sense for either club given neither much urgently needs a player like Draxler right now.
With the situations of Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez up in the air for the two respective clubs, Draxler could be a target in the summer, but a half-season loan right now would not be a high priority for either. If he’s available on a permanent transfer in January, though, that might change things.
And at least some in the French press are coming around to that point of view, with ESPN FC’s French Football lead expert Julien Laurens now saying Draxler may be sold in January if there’s a willing buyer in order for the French big spenders to stay onside when it comes to Financial Fair Play regulations.
“They still feel like they need to sell in January,” he said. “Draxler is probably the player with the highest value in that squad along with Angel Di Maria, and you could easily see one of them two being sold in the winter in January [and] I think Draxler has a lot of clubs that like him, Liverpool for example.”
It’s still mostly speculative, linking Draxler to both Liverpool and Arsenal—in the first case because they tried to sign him before he chose PSG instead last season and in the second because they tried to sign him but failed to agree a fee despite the player being on board with a move a few years earlier.
Still, if PSG are willing to sell, Draxler would likely appeal to both clubs for the right price as it would allow them to bring in a potential attacking replacement for a likely to depart star six months early, and both clubs should have money to spend after a summer that saw both leave deals on the table.