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Juventus on the verge of signing Julian Draxler

Italian champions Juventus are set to continue their rebuilding process with the signing of German superstar Julian Draxler

Under the expert guidance of Max Allegri, Juventus enjoyed a wonderful campaign last term and the Old Lady winning the Italian Serie A in dominating fashion as well as reaching the Champions League final against all odds is a testament to this fact.

Despite the fine season though, Juventus are most certainly not resting on their laurels and have made a host of eye catching signings this summer.

Quality players such as Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Simone Zaza, Sami Khedira, Neto, Eric Lanini, Mame Thianm and Roberto Pereyra have all arrived at Turin this summer and despite the loss of key men such as Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal, the Italian champions look even stronger than they did last season.

Juventus are not slowing down in the transfer market despite their summer splurge and Allegri is on the verge of making another top quality signing in the form of German superstar Julian Draxler.

Draxler is regarded as one of the finest young attacking midfielders in the world and he has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Schalke over the past few years.

Premier League side Arsenal were said to be the most likely destination for Draxler but in a dramatic turn of events, Juventus have swooped in and are now on the verge of securing the services of the 21-year old.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has confirmed that Juventus have been in contact over the transfer of Draxler and although a fee has not been agreed as of yet, the Bundesliga side have given the Italian champions permission to hold talks with the midfielder’s representatives.

“Juventus sent us a written request asking for permission to speak with Draxler’s agent,” Heldt told German newspaper Bild. “We have agreed to that request. However, at the moment we haven’t received an actual offer from the Turin club.”

Juventus are looking to place a bid of around €25million for Draxler but Schalke are hopeful of receiving a fee close to around €35million. However a middle ground is expected to be reached between the two sides and the transfer coming into fruition looks very likely at the moment.

Despite his young age, Draxler certainly has a lot of experience under his belt after having made his debut for Schalke back in 2010 as a fresh faced teenager.

The young man has since gone on strength to strength to develop into a top quality player and there is no reason why Draxler cannot become world class at a big side such as Juventus.

The only concern for Juventus though would be Draxler’s injury record which has severely hampered his progress over the past few years or so and it remains to be seen how the Italian side will look to manage the attacking midfielder’s fitness.

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