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Leeds United reignite interest in PSG star Julian Draxler

After contact between the two parties in the summer, Leeds are set to try again for the German international.

Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1
Julian Draxler features for PSG in Ligue 1 against Strasbourg.

Leeds United are looking into a pre-contract move for Germany international Julian Draxler, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).

The Whites had contact with Draxler last summer as he only made 11 appearances in the league last season, assisting five goals in the process. Draxler spoke to the media following the transfer window in which he was expected to leave Paris as the French giants were looking to cash-in before losing him for free.

“In the summer I thought about trying to do something else,” Draxler said. “Due to the coronavirus situation, it was ultimately difficult to find a club where I would have said: ‘Everything fits well together, I definitely want to [come here]’.

“That was not the case, so I decided that I would not dare to take a quick shot and keep looking for my chance at Paris.”

Draxler may have been concerned about where Leeds would land in the Premier League table this season, and the team’s current position could be encouraging for Draxler to commit the prime years of his career to Leeds United.

The Whites will likely face plenty of competition though, with Hertha Berlin also showing early interest in the 27-year-old.

With 56 Germany caps, Draxler has seven international goals and 16 trophies to his name including a World Cup and three Ligue 1 titles.

PSG have just recently appointed Mauricio Pochettino as head coach, replacing Tomas Tuchel who was seemingly never a fan of Draxler during his time at PSG. But it doesn’t seem that it’ll be getting much better for Draxler in Paris, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that

“It is the goal of the PSG that puts Paredes, Herrera, Gueye, Keherer and even Draxler,” as they aim to make around £50 million from selling these players.

Meanwhile, Leeds have not ruled out any action in the transfer market despite reports that it would be a quiet one. Marcelo Bielsa has commented on the situation of Tyler Roberts which has fuelled speculation that he could be leaving in the January window, while Bielsa also did not rule-out any incomings so long as they significantly improve the squad.

This could be one worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks.