Leeds United could add a proven bit of quality this summer by landing Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler.
Reports back in the January transfer window suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side were very much interested in both Draxler and Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Leeds midfielder David Norris has suggested that the club’s impressive season in the Premier League may have convinced Draxler that a move to Elland Road would be a good one.
The 40-year-old said: “Yeah, he would be a good player for them and I’m sure he was spoken about last summer a little bit but I don’t think he fancied it. He may have possibly thought with Leeds being newly promoted that it wasn’t clear what they would be like.
“After this season he may see Leeds differently as they are one of the big teams now and they have got a chance of doing something special so that might change his mind. I think it could have something to it.”
While Rodrigo hasn’t exactly hit the ground running at Elland Road, the last few weeks have just begun to show the kind of incredible impact the Spain international could have when he’s fully acclimatised to life in England.
That could also be the case with Draxler. Like Rodrigo, the German is proven on the European stage having played for the likes of Schalke 04, Wolfsburg and PSG, featuring in the Champions League consistently with the Parisian giants in recent seasons.
Still only 27, the £125,000-a-week star has won an impressive 18 trophies in his career thus far – including the World Cup with Germany in 2014 – and would bring the kind of winner’s mentality that Leeds would need to reach the next level under Bielsa.
It was at Schalke that Draxler was seen as the next big thing, with their former sporting director Horst Heldt declaring: “Julian is very, very young and his development isn’t over yet. That’s what makes him such an attractive proposition. It’s fantastic to have a player with such extraordinary talent here.”
Signing the versatile attacker this summer would be another exciting, yet proven, addition to the Leeds squad, just like Rodrigo was last summer.