The 52-year-old coach who could pave the way for Chelsea to sign Draxler

Chelsea could be set to gain a unique advantage in the race to sign FC Schalke youngster Julian Draxler.

The versatile attacking midfielder is rated as one of the best young prospects in Germany and has been linked with several Premier League sides for a number of months.

However, his ambition to make the Germany World Cup squad which travels to Brazil next summer makes a winter transfer unlikely, making the next summer transfer window a very important one for several sides.

Modern clubs are capable of paying hefty transfer fees for the best players so it’s arguably more significant than ever before for a side interested in a player to try and do a deal for that target with an advantage.

FC Schalke are set to name Thomas Schaaf as their new manager and there’s a very obvious reason that’s very significant for Chelsea.

Schaaf has built his entire career around Werder Bremen. He played youth and senior football for the German side and has only ever coached and managed at the club he played for.

It’s also the club that Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne spent time on loan with last season, with Schaaf widely credited for helping the Belgian develop into the player he is today.

If Chelsea want to go to the table and do a deal for Draxler with Schaaf as the boss at that club, they have an advantage because they could incentivise Schaaf with a player he already likes, has experience of and admires.

With no obvious way back into the Chelsea first team quickly, it’s also a move which could appeal to De Bruyne especially ahead of the World Cup next summer as he looks to try and keep his place in the Belgian national side.

Plenty of Chelsea fans want the Blues to hang onto De Bruyne because they see the same potential and talent that Schaaf saw at Werder Bremen and that Jose Mourinho currently sees, despite reluctance to play him regularly.

However, the chance to attract and tie down one of Germany’s best young players over the next few years is something which shouldn’t be sniffed at.

It will be fascinating to watch any Chelsea move for Draxler unfold next summer because with Schaaf at the helm of Schalke, if De Bruyne still isn’t playing regularly, the Blues may have to let a very good player go to get their hands on a very exciting talent.

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