Jose Mourinho is going shopping again.
His list is somewhat a ‘who’s who’ than most managers’ efforts. Eric Bailly in, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearly there and now we hear that apart from the in-the-balance transfer of Paul Pogba, that Mourinho has gone to the Bundesliga again and is eyeing up the talents of Julian Draxler, should the transfer of Mkhitaryan fail.
The Germany international, as we know, is currently in France at the EUROs, so nothing will happen until after July 10th, if anything at all.
However, once Mourinho hones in on a particular target, the Portuguese tactician usually gets his man. So will Draxler still come to United if the United boss gets his preferred target?
With all of the available players this summer, what is it about Draxler that makes him a name wanted by the Red Devils?
Here are FIVE things that you need to know about Julian Draxler…
Brought in to replace Kevin De Bruyne, Draxler played a big part in the team’s Champions League campaign. They were beaten by Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage, but not before beating Los Blancos at the Volkswagen Arena.
Before joining Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015, Draxler made 171 appearances for Schalke. At 22, he is a full Germany international and scored the world champions’ third goal against Slovakia in their 3-0 win on Sunday.
Draxler made his Bundesliga debut in 2011 and at the time, he was the fourth youngest BuLi player ever. One week later, in Schalke’s 1–0 win against Hannover 96, he became the second youngest outfield player to ever start a Bundesliga game. At such a young age, he already has vast experience at all levels and is a world cup winner.
The attacker, who can play either on the left-wing or centrally, impressed for Wolfsburg last season, scoring six goals and making five assists. The domestic campaign was disappointing for the team as a whole with an eighth place finish, 10 points behind a Champions League place, but Draxler did himself no harm.
Draxler, like so many continental players, can play with his left or his right and is well known for his speed and abilities in a one-on-one situation. He has a powerful and impressive shot with a keen eye for goal, something Manchester United lacked last season.
Dropped by Germany during the group stages because of faltering form with Wolfsburg, Draxler still made the 23 that went to France – just. Some even questioned his place in Germany’s squad for EURO 2016, but when Marco Reus was ruled out of the finals, Draxler suddenly became a candidate for a starting berth on the left.
The young German started the first two games, but did nothing to impress the German fans or the media, although he didn’t play badly. So it was no great shock when he made way for Mario Gomez in the third Group C outing against Northern Ireland, with Mario Gotze taking over as left-winger. Against Slovakia, the man who had become Die Mannschaft’s youngest-ever captain in May 2014 then capped the win with a superb goal after the break, volleying in acrobatically from close range. It was his first competitive Germany strike.
Despite the season’s struggles, Draxler is coming good.
After the recent EURO game against Slovakia, The German boss, Joachim Low said: “Draxler played well. He was brave enough to look for those on-on-ones. He worked well and showed good movement, which is why I was very pleased with him.”
Given his and the team’s display, it is unlikely to be his last chance to shine.