Bayern Munich were offered the chance to sign Julian Draxler by Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but turned down the offer, according to club president Uli Hoeness.
It is a well known fact that PSG are desperately trying to recoup a lot of the money they spent this summer on recruiting Neymar for a ridiculous €222m fee.
With Serge Aurier edging ever closer to completing a move to Tottenham, and with Barcelona’s interest in Angel di Maria, it looks like the French giants are attempting to free up their wage bill.
Draxler only moved to the French capital a year ago, yet has already been linked with a move away. Arsenal have always held an interest, and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern were both said to be keen on a move.
However, the Bavarian club’s president has refuted these claims, citing a wealth of attacking options already at their disposal as the reason they are not attempting to sign the 23-year-old.
“[Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz [Rummenigge] and I recently sat down to discuss the ragbag of classy players in our squad,” Hoeness said in an interview with Sport Bild.
“If we’d go after a player like Draxler come hell or high water, we’d face a similar question like with the James [Rodriguez] transfer. What about Thomas Muller?
“There’s no doubt that Julian Draxler would be a great fit for our squad. But we don’t want to sell any of our players. I already have a pain on my insides should all of our players be fit for once.”
Germany manager Joachim Löw also remains convinced that Draxler will stay at PSG, as he stated: “He made such a big step forward there. I am convinced that he will come out on top at Paris. By now, he’s already playing a big role for us.”
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