Julian Draxler could be the player Liverpool are supposedly searching for. He’d offer an alternative to Rodrigo De Paul.
Tutto Udinese, of the TuttoMercatoWeb network, believes Liverpool want Rodrigo De Paul. In fact, the Reds are ready to offer £26m for the Argentine.
Udinese, however, want around £35m for their club captain. Understandable, really.
We do have some doubts about this one, though. Liverpool may not find that extra money, of course, which rules the move out.
We also wonder if investing in a 27-year-old make sense right now. Spending on younger players is surely the priority, given the ages of most first-team players at Anfield.
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But what if there’s an easier, cheaper alternative? Julian Draxler.
It feels like Draxler has fallen from the face of the earth. He was, at one point, the brightest talent in German football.
But his move to Paris Saint-Germain saw him sacrifice being a star. He’s never started more than 22 Ligue 1 games in the season, for instance.
In fact, Draxler has started just seven this season, which was his tally in the previous campaign, too. It’s a real shame, given he’s supposed to be in his prime.
Like De Paul, Draxler is 27. They’re at different points in their career, though. The former will look to capitalise on his growing reputation. The latter saw his reputation sink and floats under the radar.
But perhaps Draxler could fit in at Liverpool. He should suit life under Jurgen Klopp as he developed in the Bundesliga. While he’d get games thanks to his ability to play attacking midfield or on either flank.
From a Liverpool perspective, this could make a lot of sense. For one, Draxler is free this summer as his PSG contract expires.
The investment isn’t the same as buying De Paul – Liverpool could just tie Draxler down for his prime years without an upfront cost.
That allows money to be spent elsewhere, while Liverpool get the attacking midfielder they apparently want. And above all, should they get Draxler back to his best, they’d probably get a better player.