Manchester United are plotting a £25m January swoop for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, according to reports from The Sun.

The German playmaker has been one of the most talked about youngsters in European football over the course of the last few months, with a number of top clubs – including Arsenal – believed to be keen on securing his signature.

However, United chief David Moyes is hoping to beat his rivals to the German international with a big money move in the New Year.

After a botched summer of transfer activity, the Scot is thought to have a vast budget at his disposal heading into the window, with signing a top class creative talent a priority.

Draxler is seen as the ideal solution to the club’s need for flair in the final third, and is said to be available for around £25m.

Arsenal may revive their interest, but United are confident that his increased chances of first-team action at Old Trafford could be enough to swing the odds in their favour.

The Red Devils are also chasing a holding midfielder and a centre-back, with Moyes keen to overhaul his inherited squad after a tough start to the campaign.