Reports: Arsenal to bring in PSG star with swap deal in January
What's the story?
Arsenal are all set to offer Alexis Sanchez in exchange for Julian Draxler in January, according to a report in British news outlet, The Daily Star. Paris St-Germain are keen on signing the Chilean, despite the success of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, and Neymar Jr. as their front three. The move could work out perfectly for all four parties involved, with Alexis keen on leaving Arsenal, while Draxler is in search of regular playing time ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Gunners are desperate to cash in on Sanchez, as he can leave for free in the summer, while PSG want the Chilean to strengthen their squad in the second half of the season as they chase the UEFA Champions League.
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Julian Draxler came through the ranks at Schalke, making his first appearance for the club at the age of 17, then the youngest player to ever represent the Bundesliga side. After 6 seasons at the club, he left for VfL Wolfsburg, but soon soured his relationship with the fans by announcing he wanted to leave in the summer of 2016, but with a move failing to materialize. Paris St-Germain came to his rescue, signing him in January 2017.
The heart of the matter
The German winger has impressed whenever called upon for the Ligue 1 side, although he has found game time difficult to come by, especially since the arrivals of Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe.
Arsenal are desperate to offload Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, having accepted a late bid from Manchester City on deadline day in the summer, but the move broke down as the Gunners were unable to secure a replacement.
PSG would love to see the Chilean in Paris, according to the report, as they resigned themselves to losing Sanchez to Man City. Draxler being a makeweight in the deal would be acceptable to PSG, who would consider a swap deal fair value, despite being able to sign Sanchez for free in the summer.
Alexis Sanchez's situation has left Arsenal in a precarious position, but if they were to replace the Chilean with the 24-year-old German, they might have pulled off a real coup. Draxler is approaching his peak, and is far less likely to cause the trouble that Sanchez has so far.