Arsenal eye double swoop for attacking pair valued at combined £50m-plus - report
By Alex Taylor
Julian Draxler and Wassim Ben Yedder could be on the way to Arsenal this summer, according to a report.
The German attacking midfielder and the French striker have been linked with the Gunners in recent weeks as Arsene Wenger steps up plans to strengthen his squad.
Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist and transfer expert Emanuele Giulianelli has now reported on his personal Twitter account that there are growing whispers at Arsenal that Wenger is closing in on both Draxler and Ben Yedder this summer.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) July 27, 2016
The Sun report that Draxler had been the subject of a £43million bid from Arsenal that would see manager Wenger break the Gunners’ £40million transfer record spent to prise Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
Draxler has been the subject of transfer speculation for some months but still has four years remaining on his current deal with Wolfsburg in Germany.
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The former Schalke ace was one of Germany’s best performers at Euro 2016, as they reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by hosts France.
Ben Yedder also impressed potential suitors last season after scoring 17 times in 35 Ligue 1 appearances, as his side narrowly avoided relegation by one point.
The 25-year-old has spent his entire career in the south of France, since signing his first professional contract in 2010.
He has just one year left on his current deal, which could help Arsenal secure the move.
French website sport.fr, claim the asking price for the Toulouse striker is £8.5million, a figure well within Wenger’s budget this summer.
Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in a striker for the forthcoming campaign, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott the only experienced options available at the moment.
The French manager has also recently admitted that he is prepared to spend big money this summer and Eurosport recently reported that Mahrez was close to joining Arsenal in a £42million deal.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have made an approach for Germany international Shkodran Mustafi.