By Tom Blackburn
Wolfsburg have released a club statement claiming they will not sell Everton and Arsenal target Julian Draxler this summer.
This comes as the Independent report that Ronald Koeman’s side have made the first move to land the Germany international, who declared on Wednesday that he wants to leave Wolfsburg.
It is said that the Merseysiders have opened talks with the Bundesliga club about the purchase of the versatile winger.
Wolfsburg have been insistent that Draxler will not be sold, but he has a release clause of £63million, the same sum that his club received from Manchester City for Kevin De Bruyne last summer.
The Bundesliga big-hitters reinforced their stance by releasing a statement on their official website, claiming they have no intention to sell their prize asset.
“VfL Wolfsburg will not be selling Julian Draxler during the course of the current transfer period,” read the statement.
“In joint discussions with Julian Draxler, VfL Wolfsburg again made it clear that they would not be granting the player’s wish to make a move.
“We now consider any possible uncertainties to have been eradicated and that all parties can revert back to a professional and responsible collaboration for the good of VfL Wolfsburg and, in particular, for our fans.”
Draxler, 22, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding young players in Europe after making his name at Schalke before joining Wolfsburg last summer.
That price, and Draxler’s preference for an established top club such as Arsenal, might make Everton outsiders but they are cash-rich and will have even more money to spend if Romelu Lukaku and John Stones exit the club in £50million-plus deals this summer.
Arsene Wenger has been keen on Draxler for years and there were widespread reports on Wednesday that the player’s preference is a move to north London because of Arsenal’s status and their Champions League football this season.
Draxler gave an explosive interview to Bild, via The Independent, on Wednesday in which he demanded to be sold by Wolfsburg as he tried to force his way out of the club.
“I have expressed myself clearly to [coach] Dieter Hecking that after the Euros I want to leave Wolfsburg,” Draxler said.
Draxler, who plays predominantly on the left wing but can also slot in on the right flank and in the central playmaking role, made his name at Schalke with 30 goals in 170 matches before joining Wolfsburg, where he has added eight in 31 games.
The versatile attacker has also earned 24 Germany caps, scoring two goals for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists.
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