Julian Draxler - The Footballing World

Manchester City eye Arsenal target Draxler

Manchester City have sounded out Schalke about the German Bundesliga outfit’s £25 million-rated midfielder Julian Draxler after their approach for City defender Matija Nastasic.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is interested in the Germany international, who has been repeatedly linked with Arsenal, and the 21-year-old is understood to favour a move to the English Premier League after having had an injury-hit season after being part of Germany’s 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.

City will sell Nastasic for £10 million, and Schalke are trying to reduce that amount to £8 million, but would prefer a loan first in this month’s transfer window, with a view to a summer deal.

The 21-year-old Serbia international is out of favour under Pellegrini after being highly regarded by former Etihad manager Roberto Mancini.

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