PSG attacking midfielder Julian Draxler has allegedly revealed to his Germany teammates that he had expected to complete a move to Barcelona before the Catalan giants rejected him, citing “technical reasons”.
Julian Draxler, who was the best player in the recent Confederations Cup for the victorious German national team, has established himself as a regular for the World Champions and he is regarded as one of the most talented players in Europe.
The 23-year-old has always been earmarked as a player with a lot of high potential since making his debut in 2011 for Schalke and seems to have come good on his promise in recent times, as he has performed brilliantly for Wolfsburg, PSG and the German national team.
Despite his wonderful talent though, a move away from Paris for Draxler during the summer transfer window made sense after PSG signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from Barcelona and Monaco respectively.
The expensive arrivals of Neymar and Mbappe not only meant that the German was pushed down the pecking order at the Prac des Princes but the summer recruits also provided PSG the incentive to sell the player to balance their books.
Therefore a transfer away from PSG looked certain for Draxler this summer and many clubs were interested in the services of the attacker, which included Manchester United and Arsenal.
With Barcelona also looking to sign an attacking midfielder to replace Neymar, who had joined the French side, it seemed natural that Barca would be keen on Draxler and consequently the PSG midfielder’s agent offered his client to the Camp Nou based outfit.
However, the move evidently did not come into fruition and now reports have suggested that Draxler failed to convince Barca to sign him, with the Spanish side citing “technical reasons” for not acquiring the 23-year-old.
It will now be interesting to see how Draxler will fit into this expensively assembled PSG side and as to whether he will be looking to earn a dream move to Barcelona once again during the January window.