By Matt Farr
Wolfsburg wide man Julian Draxler has been told he will never play for the German club again, according to a report.
The German international was omitted from Valerien Ismael’s squad to face Bayern Munich on Saturday, and German news outlet Bild claims he no longer features in the Wolfsburg manager’s plans.
English Premier League outfit Arsenal have shown an interest in the 23-year-old, and could capitalise on his precarious situation in January.
Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Draxler, and could add him to his squad in January as they prepare to challenge for both the Premier League and Champions League title.
The Daily Mail claim that Wolfsburg have slapped a £30million price-tag on his head, which is well within Arsenal’s financial reach.
The former Schalke midfielder requested to leave the Volkswagen Arena in the summer, but the club had no intention of letting him go.
However, his continued desire for a new challenge has left Wolfsburg fans in foul spirits, and his relationship with the club has been left in tatters.
His contribution for the team this season has also been below-par by previous standards, as he has yet to register either a goal or an assist from 12 appearances in all competitions.
Wolfsburg are struggling in the Bundesliga this season, and are just two points above a relegation play-off place in 15th. Ismael’s side have won just two of their 13 games this season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are second in the Premier League, and can offer Draxler a way out of his current Wolfsburg woes – not to mention a role in their Champions League campaign.
But his current situation is also set to attract interest from Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, and is likely to trigger a bidding war in the winter transfer window.
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