Weekend reports indicated that Arsenal were not the only interested party in Schalke 04 star forward Julian Draxler, as Manchester United had apparently joined the chase.
However, while the rumour may have been heightened by Arsene Wenger's public statement that any deal for the German would be 'very unlikely', the Manchester Evening News - in a media transfer round-up - indicated that this could pave the way for United to make an approach.
Here Is The City then asked the question whether, after weeks of alleged Arsenal interest, United could tie up a contractual agreement with Draxler in a manner similar to what Chelsea did with Willian while the Brazilian was being wooed by Tottenham Hotspur or, most recently, with Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian was being tracked by Liverpool for a matter of months.
Reader Berliner sent this in to the HITC desks: 'I think the main reason for him as a very young player is the fact that at Arsenal are playing so many Germans and all of them, especially Mertesacker, are full of praise for the club and the city.
'United on the other hand can't offer what Arsenal can offer. Personally for him, there is much less risk to join Arsenal. Remembering what [has] happened to Kagawa [at Old Trafford].'
Despite natural talent and a demonstration of intuitive link-up play whenever he features in the senior selection, Shinji Kagawa is oft overlooked by David Moyes. He has, to date, received just 588 minutes of Premier League football this season and has continually been linked with a return to the Bundesliga.
Berliner claims that Arsenal is the safer option, with the allusion being that Wenger may well know what to do and how to utilise Draxler, while Moyes may not fully entrust the youngster to feature regularly.
To the headlining question 'Draxler: Could Manchester United do a Willian to Arsenal?' another reader, Connor Peden, echoed this sentiment: 'No chance, he knows what side his bread is buttered on and with all his international team-mates already at Arsenal, I'm sure they're on the phone telling him what they're going to be doing once he puts pen to paper!'
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