Leeds United have reportedly opened discussions to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler – but the attacking midfielder is not interested in a move to Elland Road.
The newly-promoted English giants have set out their stall as they prepare for their first season in the Premier League in 16 years, bringing in Rodrigo and Robin Koch for a combined fee of around £40million this summer.
And while Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will be satisfied with the club’s business thus far in the transfer market, the mercurial Argentinian is hoping to further strengthen his attacking options ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
According to RMC Sport, the Peacocks have set their sights on landing Draxler and talks have begun over an audacious move for the Germany international.
However, the 26-year-old has not been receptive to Leeds’ interest and is happy with life in the French capital, despite falling out of favour at PSG under Thomas Tuchel.
Draxler, who has entered into the final 12 months of his contract at the Parc des Princes, has also turned down several approaches from Bundesliga clubs attempting to bring him back to Germany for the new season.
PSG sporting director Leonardo is keen to offload Draxler as the Ligue 1 champions are looking to raise £54 million in player sales to balance the books and offset the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s understood Idrissa Gueye has also been put up for sale just one year after arriving from Everton.
Last weekend, Joachim Low suggested that Draxler’s place in the Germany national team would come under threat should he choose to remain with PSG for the upcoming season.
‘I have had a long conversation with him and we discussed ideas,’ the Germany head coach said.
‘For Julian, it is naturally important to go to the next level at this age. If he played regularly, that would probably help him to be more impactful.
‘When he was called upon, he had very good moments and can always play at this level but it’s important for Julian to be on the pitch week after week.’