Julian Draxler has completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg.
A deal for the German international, 23, was agreed on Christmas Eve but all the loose ends were tied up on Tuesday as PSG confirmed the transfer which is believed to be for a fee of $43.5 million.
Here’s what Draxler, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 who played a more pivotal role for Die Mannschaft at EURO 2016, had to say about joining the four-time reigning French champions.
“I will do everything to help PSG win new trophies and continue to grow internationally,” Draxler said. “I’m going to discover a new country, a new league, and I’m very proud to take this new step at a club which has become a benchmark in Europe and has signed a lot of great players in recent years.”
With Arsenal said to be interested in Draxler for many years, it is a little surprising he has left for Ligue 1 when perhaps the Premier League or La Liga would’ve been a more testing option. That said, it’s not a surprise he’s left Wolfsburg who are currently struggling at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table.
PSG have had a testing first half of the 2016-17 campaign under new manager Unai Emery but sit just five points off surprise leaders Nice.
Draxler’s mixture of pace and clever running will certainly compliment the trickery of Angel di Maria and the power of Edison Cavani as PSG look to win a fifth-straight French title and at least make the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The latter will be tough as they have Barcelona in the Round of 16, but adding a player of Draxler’s quality reaffirms just how much of a financial powerhouse PSG is.