'For £10m? That Excites Me...' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Romano's Leeds transfer update
Only the best will do when it comes to transfer targets — and World Cup winner Julien Draxler fits the bill to a tee for Leeds United.
That is according to Leeds expert and boyhood fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 56-time Germany international after journalist Fabrizio Romano reported United are “looking” closely at him in a recent update.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder’s contract is up in the summer, meaning Paris Saint-Germain may wish to cash-in while they still have the chance.
Whelan admires Bielsa’s approach when it comes to transfer strategy, but believes that the former Schalke and Wolfsburg man should be right at the top of the Argentine’s transfer wishlist.
He told Football Insider: “Yeah, I don’t think you should ever go for the second choice. It’s the same with marriage…
“You’ve got to be sure about it. Why have number two if you can’t have number one? That’s not gonna make you happy, is it?
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“So what you’ve got to do is make sure this transfer window is the right one. If it’s a specific target you’ve got, you’ve got to make sure you got out hell-bent to get him because he’s gonna make the team better.
“Now, Draxler’s been rumoured at the beginning of the season, he’s now been rumoured again. He’s only got six months left on his contract. For £10million, a 27-year-old coming into his best years of football, who wants to get back into the Germany squad. That excites me.
“That’s what should excite the manager as well, getting this quality and calibre of player in. And we do know that we have a very good relationship with PSG, with the owners. So maybe it’s a real possibility. He would definitely add to the quality of the side.”
If Leeds are to pursue Draxler’s signature, they will face stiff competition from Premier League rivals.
Arsenal, who have been linked with Draxler on a number of occasions in the past, is another possible destination, according to reports.