The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has opened the door to a possible move to England after telling reporters he would in fact relish an opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“I like English football. I like the Premier League of course – it’s one of the best leagues in the world,” Draxler told BBC Sport.
“You have big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea – of course it’s a big dream to play for one of them. I have my favourite team, but at the moment I’m at Schalke. I don’t want to talk about other clubs.”
For a player who doesn’t want to talk about other clubs, mentioning three is quite a revelation. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea also happen to be the clubs who happen to be linked with him which is a coincidence and a half.
Even at the tender age of 20, he is regarded as one of the finest German talents of his generation alongside the likes of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, and Andre Schurrle who recent moved from Bayer Leverkusen to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have a number of German internationals on their books – Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, and, of course, record signing Mesut Ozil. In the youth ranks the Gunners also have Serge Gnabry, Thomas Eisfeld and U16’s prospect Gedion Zelalem.
Manchester United are currently in the market for an attacking midfielder despite the arrival of former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa last year. The Japan international has struggled with form and fitness and is currently finding it increasingly difficult to work his way into new boss David Moyes’ starting line-up.
The Red Devils pursued the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, and Ander Herrera this summer but failed on all accounts to bring in some more creativity to their midfield but Draxler could be exactly the kind of signing to make Moyes’ start to life at Old Trafford a little more fruitful.
The emergence of young Adnan Januzaj, however, could limit the opportunity for Draxler should he consider a move to the English champions whilst both the Gunners and the Blues already have players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Willian, Oscar, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and, of course, Draxler’s compatriot Ozil to occupy his preferred positions.
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