Reports all over France, most notably from L’Equipe, are claiming that Wolfsburg playmaker Julian Draxler has been sold to Paris Saint-Germain, and the deal is all but complete. Sky Sports in Germany has also confirmed the transfer.
According to the L’Equpie report, Draxler’s transfer will cost the Parisians $37 million plus another potential $6 million on top as bonuses.
The 23-year-old German is world-class when at his best, but is known for erratic consistency and a tendency to disappear from matches for long stretches at a time. With Wolfsburg this season, he has been in and out of form, and the club has just four league wins on the season, struggling in the bottom half of the table.
Draxler’s numbers have not been up to snuff this season either. He has not scored and has registered just two assists in 13 Bundesliga appearances, with those two assists coming in their last two matches. He has completed just 24 take-ons this season so far, a very low number for a player known for his pace and technical abilities on the ball. Compare that with the Bundesliga leader in that category, Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dormtund, who has 61.
It has been noted by the French reports that Draxler’s acquisition will likely not be the only acquisition this winter by PSG, who sit in third in the Ligue 1 table despite overwhelming title expectations. Draxler joins a clogged attacking force that includes Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Lucas, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Jese. Di Maria in particular has played very poorly in recent weeks, and has reportedly been told he could lose his starting spot to Lucas should his performance levels not pick up.
In contrast, the biggest need for the club is clearly to bolster a defense that has proved leakier than usual. They just signed captain Thiago Silva to a new two-year contract, but could bring in some new blood to assist the Brazilian at the back.