Julian Draxler has confirmed that he wants to leave Wolfsburg this summer.
Liverpool, along with Arsenal and Manchester United, were linked with the German international after his highly impressive performances at the Euros in France.
The 22 year old has told German outlet Bild that he has informed head coach, Dieter Hecking of his intentions to leave the Bundesliga side:
“Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first,” Draxler told the German newspaper, translated by Sky Sports.
“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.
“I would have expected things to be different, for example for one of them to come to me and ask me how things are with me.”
“When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose,” Draxler said.
“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.”
There is no point denying that Draxler is going to be one of the brightest stars of Europe in the years to come but it is difficult to see Liverpool making a move for the German considering the club’s current depth in attacking midfield. The Wolfsburg midfielder would come at a cost of around £50 million meaning that he would smash Liverpool’s current transfer fee by almost £15 million.