By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Julian Draxler is trying to force through a sensational move to Arsenal, according to a reliable Sky reporter.
The German sensation has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Europe’s biggest clubs by revealing he wants to quit Wolfsburg.
Draxler has told Bild that he has informed the Bundesliga club of his intention to move to a “top international club”.
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Sokhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the 22-year-old wants to join Arsenal and gave the Bild interview to accelerate a transfer to London.
Julian Draxler due back training with Wolfsburg today. Told he wants to join Arsenal. Gave interview to Bild to try & force through move
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 3, 2016
Draxler only joined Wolfsburg from Schalke last summer, and the German club have recently gone public to say the 22-year-old would be staying with them.
That appears to be at odds with what Draxler wants.
“Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first,” Draxler told German newspaper Bild, as quoted by Sky Sports on their website.
“The situation with me is that I made it clear to (head coach) Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the semi-final that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.
“The coach has known about this for three weeks. It’s very surprising that they have been talking about me to the media for weeks.”
Although he signed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg, the winger says he was given assurances that he would be allowed to leave the Bundesliga club if one of Europe’s leading clubs came in with an offer for him this summer.
“When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose,” Draxler said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“Both Hecking and (sporting director) Klaus Allofs said this. It was clear that Wolfsburg had good prospects, but also that they were a springboard for me.
“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance.”
Julian Draxler: “I want to leave Wolfsburg’ [Bild] pic.twitter.com/kulIuIZXfP
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 2, 2016
Sky Sports Germany reporter Jurek Rohrberg claimed on Tuesday night Draxler would rather join Arsenal than his other principal suitors, Juventus.
— Jurek Rohrberg (@Sky_Jurek) August 2, 2016
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.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club have agreed a deal for a player who is heading for a medical on Thursday.