One of the biggest transfer stories last summer was the manner in which Willian, who had undergone a medical evaluation ahead of a prospective transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, elected to snub a summer switch to White Hart Lane and join Chelsea.
Six months later, could history be repeating itself? When it comes to the future of Julian Draxler, we have different protagonists and parties, but a similar plot…
Like Spurs were with the highly-rated Brazilian from Anzhi Makhachkala, Arsenal have long been linked with a move for the next German superstar - Draxler, with one transfer bid believed to be £20m plus Lukas Podolski - already rejected. A second attempt, though, has reportedly been agreed upon by both Arsenal and FC Schalke.
Re: Draxler I understand that Schalke and Arsenal have agreed a fee. If he will leave now I don't know. But this is latest info #afc— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 24, 2014
Consensus dictates that Draxler perfectly fits Wenger's requirements for a recruit - he is talented enough to integrate immediately into the senior team, can boost the club's title aspirations this season, has positional versatility, is technically exquisite and, in the long-term, could eventually play centrally, like how Arsene had previously altered the roles enjoyed by former N5 stars Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman is not held in as high esteem at the Emirates Stadium as Henry is, and van Persie may even be joined by Draxler at Old Trafford, as United, The Sunday Telegraph claim, do have an interest in the player.
Could this knowledge prompt Wenger into fast-tracking this deal now, rather than in the summer?
Here Is The City recently published data highlighting the statistics returned by Draxler from his league season to date and compared them with some of the most renowned left-sided forwards in world football today - Barcelona's Neymar, United's van Persie and Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
Draxler has suffered substandard form this season, though, and so his data naturally pales when next to the aforementioned trio, however, at 20-years-old, there is great promise… he is an exceptional dribbler, creates chances more frequently than van Persie and would relish the service provided to him from international team-mate Mesut Ozi.
United may find it trickier to 'hijack' any deal Arsenal and Draxler were ready to commit to than Chelsea experienced with Spurs over Willian, as there is a growing German contingent within Islington who could quite feasibly be talking the club, culture and experience up to their next potential team-mate.
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