Liverpool’s deal with Wolfsburg for Divock Origi & the hidden costs

Divock Origi & Wolfsburg

Belgium international striker Divock Origi left Liverpool in the summer transfer window to join Wolfsburg.

Origi agreed to join the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan deal.

Origi is set to partner Mario Gomez up front for Wolfsburg, and the Reds attacker seems very excited about his new challenge in Germany.

Over the weekend Origi took to social media to discuss his move to Wolfsburg. He wrote “excited to join Wolfsburg and to get the opportunity to play in one of the best leagues in the world.”

Liverpool & Wolfsburg

On Monday, Bild have looked into the finances behind the Origi deal.

It’s been revealed that Origi will get more expensive for Wolfsburg the less he plays.

According to Bild, Wolfsburg have agreed to pay Liverpool a basic loan fee of €3 million. But that fee could increase by 20 percent if Origi only were to play 80 percent of the matches possible.

It’s believed the fee could be as high as €6.5 million.

Bild also reported that Liverpool have the chance to recall Origi in January.

It was also claimed that 20 clubs tried to sign Origi in the summer.

Also see: Good for Chelsea, bad for Man City: Philippe Coutinho receives bad news in Brazil.

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Newcastle impress with 3-1 win at Wolfsburg (official highlights video)

Wolfsburg 1 – Newcastle 3

Newcastle produced an eye catching result on Wednesday, as they beat Wolfsburg 3-1 in Germany.

As is standard, the Toon Army were out in force in Germany and got to see a seriously encouraging result for Rafa Benitez’s side.

Wolfsburg uploaded the highlights to their official YouTube channel – which can be seen below.

Aleksandr Mitrovic on target

The opener came from Aleksandr Mitrovic, who converted from a cross by Christian Atsu.

The second Newcastle goal was glorious: Matt Ritchie curling home a free-kick from the edge of the box.

Wolfsburg found a way back into the game, via Yunus Malli who scored a penalty he had won.

Ritchie was involved in Newcastle’s third, supplying Jonjo Shelvey, who provide Christian Atsu with the assist.

Newcastle have one more friendly, against Verona at home, before they kick off their Premier League campaign against Tottenham.

Watch Wolfsburg 1 – Newcastle 3

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Bundesliga side request Anthony Martial loan from Manchester United

Anthony Martial v Arsenal

German top-flight outfit Wolfsburg have contacted Manchester United regarding a possible loan move for French attacker Anthony Martial, according to Kicker.

Sub-par

Having broken onto the scene with a stellar debut campaign at Old Trafford in 2015/16, Martial’s form took a significant dip this past season, with the 21-year-old managing just 8 goals across all competitions for United.

Many have attributed this to the presence of Jose Mourinho at the club, with rumours of the pair not seeing eye-to-eye having led to Martial being heavily linked with a departure from Manchester this summer.

Suitors

Arsenal were touted as a surprise destination last month, while Serie A outfit AS Roma’s interest seems to have waned.

Another rumoured exit option for Martial has been some form of swap deal with Inter Milan involving Ivan Perisic, though early murmurs of a potential agreement have since gone quiet.

And, the latest club to throw their hat in the ring for Martial are Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Kicker reports that the club’s Director of Sport Olaf Rebbe has already been in touch with the Red Devils regarding the former Monaco standout, though it is said that the Old Trafford club have no intention of allowing Martial to leave on a temporary basis over the coming months.

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Wolfsburg secure deal for Arsenal youngster Hinds

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Arsenal striker Kaylen Hinds on a 3-year deal.

Talented youngster

Hinds, an English Under-16, 17 and 18 international, came up through the ranks at the North London club, but failed to make a first-team appearance under Arsene Wenger.

A loan spell in League 2 with Stevenage last season did little to enhance the reputation of the 19-year-old, with Hinds failing to find the net in 13 appearances for the Boro.

Bundesliga bound

However, his first-team struggles have not deterred the interest of German top-flight side Wolfsburg, who announced the signing of the English attacker via their social media channels this afternoon:

A fee has not yet been revealed for the transfer, though it is thought to be in the region of £2 million.

Emirates farewells

Hinds’ move marks the second recent departure from Arsenal’s youth setup, with fellow English striker Chris Willock having joined Benfica just last week.

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AC Milan confirm third summer signing, three more on the way?

Following a number of disappointing years for fans of one of Europe’s biggest clubs, it looks as though there may once again be cause for optimism for one half of the Milanese divide.

Trio of signings

This afternoon, AC Milan announced the club’s third signing of the summer transfer window, with Wolfsburg’s classy full-back Ricardo Rodriguez having arrived for a fee in the region of 18 million Euro.

Rodriguez’s arrival follows those of talented Villarreal central defender Mateo Musacchio and ‘new Yaya Toure’ Franck Kessie from Atalanta.

More on the way?

However, the Rossoneri, under the new ownership of a wealthy Chinese consortium, look far from ready to rest on their laurels, with a further trio of deals said to be in the pipeline.

A 50 million Euro double swoop for Lazio pair Lucas Biglia and Keita Balde Diao is looking more likely by the day, with the agent of the latter today confirming that Vincenzo Montella’s side have reached an agreement with their Serie A rivals for his client.

In addition, shortly after the signing of Rodriguez was announced by the club, the representative of Atalanta’s in-demand full-back Andrea Conti was spotted making his way into the San Siro club’s HQ.

Exciting times for fans of the Rossoneri!

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AC Milan set to secure third major signing of the summer

After a stellar start to the summer transfer campaign which has seen the club bring in highly-regarded Villarreal central defender Mateo Musacchio and Atalanta’s ‘new Yaya Toure’ Franck Kessie, Italian giants AC Milan have all but secured a deal for Wolfsburg’s classy full-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

Proposed deal

Though no exact details of the transfer have been revealed as of yet, it is thought that the Rossoneri’s deal for Rodriguez is worth between 15 and 18 million Euro.

The 43-time capped international arrived in Milan this evening ahead of his medical with the club, where he was heard shouting ‘Forza Milan.’

Technically gifted

Rodriguez, a talented full-back who is equally capable going forward and defending, is known for his set-piece abilities and wicked left-foot.

The 24-year-old has previously been linked with some of Europe’s biggest sides, with Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all credited with an interest in the Swiss.

Rebuilding

However, it is sleeping Italian giants Milan who have secured a deal with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, as the San Siro side continue their rebuild under the club’s new Chinese owners.

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Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga again. All the best stats & video

Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga

Wolfsburg 0 – Bayern Munich 6

To no one’s surprise and despite some seriously bad results in the last month or so, Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions on Saturday.

It is the fifth time in succession that Bayern Munich have won the Bundesliga and they did so at a canter.

Bayern secured the title with three games remaining thanks to a 6-0 rout at Wolfsburg.

Five in a row for Bayern!

Goals from David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski (2), Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich did the damage for Bayern.

It marks a final Bundesliga title for both Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso, two legends of recent years in European football.

RB Leipzig likely coming second, despite their huge financial resources, is a real barometer of where the rest of the Bundesliga is right now.

Can anyone else challenge in Germany?

It is hugely unlikely that anyone in Germany’s top flight will get close to Bayern next season either.

Which is a pretty depressing thought.

Especially when you consider that Bayern have plenty of restructuring to do themselves. With Lahm and Alonso retiring and plenty of young players (such as Renato Sanches) to push through.

See the best stats and video on Bayern’s Bundesliga title win below.

Arsenal lose a top asset to Wolfsburg

Andries Jonker

Arsenal & Wolfsburg

According to news spilling out of Germany on Monday, Wolfsburg are about to pinch a member of Arsenal’s backroom staff.

Wolfsburg are looking for a manager after sacking Valerien Ismael in recent days.

Ismael had been in charge of the Bundesliga club since October but he failed to lift the 2009 champions out of the lower half of the table, with Wolfsburg having lost four of their last five league games.

With a vacancy in their dugout, the likes of Bild and Kicker both believe that Arsenal academy manager Andries Jonker is set to take over the Wolfsburg job.

Who is Andries Jonker?

Before joining Arsenal in 2014, Andries Jonker was the assistant coach at Wolfsburg.

The 54-year-old Dutchman has also previously worked alongside Louis van Gaal during his spells at FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Jonker has also previously been the full-time manager of Dutch clubs FC Volendam, MVV Maastricht and Willem II.

Wolfsburg confirm Julian Draxler’s £38m January move to PSG

Done deal

Julian Draxler’s move to Paris Saint-Germain has been confirmed by Wolfsburg.

The 23-year-old attacker has penned a four-year deal with the French champions and will complete the move after a successful medical. While details of the transfer fee are confidential, the word on the street is that it’s a fee of £38m.

Julian Draxler holding his PSG shirt with Patrick Kluivert

Stepping stone

Draxler had been itching for a move for several months. A switch from Schalke to Wolfsburg didn’t work out for a number of reasons. One being his terrible grasp of diplomacy. He openly called Wolfsburg a stepping stone.

To be fair, that’s what they’ve proven to be but not in the manner that Draxler would have wanted. Rather than forcing the transfer with good performances, he’s being escorted off the premises.

Arsenal have reportedly been interested in signing Draxler for a very long time but were beaten to the punch yet again. Unai Emery strengthens his squad ahead of a huge Champions League knockout tie vs Barcelona in February.

Julian Draxler to PSG: £38m move almost done [Sky]

Off to Paris
Off to Paris
Off to Paris

It looks like Julian Draxler won’t be involved in a prolonged transfer saga as the Wolfsburg winger is set to join French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Sky in Germany are reporting that the World Cup winner will move to the French capital for £38million and that the deal is almost done.

The move is likely to spell the end of Jese Rodriguez’s career at PSG, with the ex-Real Madrid forward linked to Las Palmas and AC Milan.

Big blow

The news will come as a bitter blow to both Arsenal and Liverpool fans. Both clubs have been strongly linked with Draxler in recent weeks.

It was previously thought that Jurgen Klopp’s influence at Liverpool, or Mesut Ozil’s at Arsenal, might’ve swung Draxler’s decision.

Major updates on Arsenal beating Liverpool to sign Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler

Arsenal & Julian Draxler

The rumour mill most certainly spinning ahead of the reopening of the transfer window on January 1, and one of the names which is set to dominate the chatter is Julian Draxler.

A shoo-in to leave Wolfsburg, it feels like the updates on the German World Cup winner’s next move are unfolding by the hour.

On Thursday morning, the Times reported that Liverpool have jumped into the ring with PSG to fight for Draxler.

Interestingly, the broadsheet failed  to name Arsenal throughout their article. It was as if the Gunners had dropped out the picture.

But later on Thursday, Emanuele Giulianelli posted updates on his Twitter account to suggest Arsenal are far from out the picture. Instead they could be in the lead.

What’s going on?

Perhaps the most important update from Giulianelli was the claim Draxler wants to join Arsenal.

The problem comes down to money however, as they Gunners aren’t willing to meet Wolfsburg’s apparent demands.

One suspects this is just the beginning of this saga, rather than anything close to it’s conclusion.

It’s a 3-way: World Cup winner chased by Arsenal, Liverpool and a French powerhouse

Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler

Three-way transfer fight?

This story keeps mushrooming on a daily basis.

On Tuesday it seemed that German World Cup winner Julian Draxler was headed to Paris.

No longer wanted at Wolfsburg following a breakdown with the club’s hierarchy, Draxler is a shoo-in to swap clubs in the January transfer window, and PSG had been widely assumed to have been on the brink of closing the deal barely forty-eight hours ago.

But on Wednesday a member of Draxler’s entourage told Le Parisien that the forward was also considering a move to Arsenal.

And on Thursday, the Times have boldly announced that Liverpool are also in the running for the 23-year-old.

How serious are the Reds?

The Times tell their readers the following:

Jurgen Klopp has identified Draxler, who is set to leave Wolfsburg, as a potential January target as he looks to boost his attacking options.

The issue will be the fee, with Wolfsburg having paid Schalke £30 million for him in August 2015 as a replacement for Kevin De Bruyne when he joined Manchester City.

For the record, the Times fail to mention Arsenal in their Draxler article, while the broadsheet also labels PSG as the favourites.

Were Liverpool to sign Draxler, he’d likely walk into the team in January as Sadio Mane leaves Anfield to compete in the African Cup of Nations.

PSG begin talks with Julian Draxler – Arsenal and Juventus to enter race [RMC]

Draxler joined Wolfsburg from Schalke in 2015
Draxler joined Wolfsburg from Schalke in 2015

PSG open talks

Football journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi has revealed that Paris-Saint Germain have opened talks to sign Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler.

The 23-year-old has made his intentions of leaving the club clear.

PSG are set to lodge of formal bid for Draxler in the region of £30million shortly, according to RMCSport.

Draxler’s arrival could spell the end of Jese’s career at the French champions.

Juve and Arsenal interested

The same article says that Wolfsburg are holding out for £40million.

Arsenal are prepared to offer £35million for Draxler, who has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners have a number of Draxler’s German teammates on their books, namely Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil.

Ozil is apparently trying to convince Draxler to choose the North Londoners.

Juventus are also interested in the German World Cup winner.

Julian Draxler banned from Wolfsburg squad, set to leave in January

Draxler might've played his last game for Wolfsburg
Draxler might've played his last game for Wolfsburg
Draxler might’ve played his last game for Wolfsburg

Banned from squad

Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler has been axed from the squad to face Bayern Munich tomorrow, according to Bild.

The Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung say that Draxler may not play for Wolfsburg again and will be available for €36m in January (via @iMiaSanMia)

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the side for sometime and he could finally leave in the next transfer window.

Arsenal bound?

Draxler’s been banned from the squad after a public plea to leave the club earlier this week.

Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been linked with the player in the past.

Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have also been linked to Draxler.

Wolsburg are currently 15th in the table on 10 points and travel to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Memphis Depay could leave Manchester United for the Bundesliga in January [Bild]

Memphis in action for United against Wolfsburg in last season's Champions League
Memphis in action for United against Wolfsburg in last season’s Champions League

The end for Memphis?

Memphis Depay’s Manchester United nightmare could finally end in January, according to Bild. The German media outlet report that a move to the Bundesliga could be in the pipeline with Wolfsburg interested. He’s only managed to get 94 minutes of game time in all competitions this season so Jose Mourinho is likely to be open to letting him go. The bench isn’t doing Memphis any good.

Finding his old form

Whether that’s a permanent deal or a temporary one isn’t clear. Memphis has been a bona fide flop at Old Trafford. There’s no doubting that. But at 22-years-old he can still turn it around and there have been flashes of his potential during his stint as a Red Devil. Mind you, they were shown in the immediate aftermath of his €34 million move from PSV in the summer of 2015. Since then, he’s been wildly inconsistent at best.

Maybe a loan move would work wonders for his clearly low confidence. Perhaps he could rediscover the form that saw him become one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. Wolfsburg currently just above the relegation zone with six points from six points. Could this be a perfect union or a match made in hell?

Next time Julian Draxler is linked with Arsenal, remember this [Kicker]

Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler talks to Kicker

Wolfsburg and Germany international Julian Draxler has spoken to Kicker magazine on Monday, and the forward has tried to head off any future speculation in the 2016-17 season.

Linked heavily with a move to Arsenal, many believed that Draxler would leave Wolfsburg in the summer.

Indeed, the 22-year-old Euro 2016 star gave an interview to German newspaper Bild during the summer where he admitted handing in an informal transfer request to the Bundesliga club.

But Wolfsburg dug their heals in, they refused to sell Draxler, and he’s remained on their books.

Now Draxler has spoken to Kicker, saying the following…

‘Don’t believe rumours’

Draxler has made it crystal clear he’s staying put for the duration of the season:

There will probably be rumours again in January. But I won’t be the one to start them.

We are now playing the season. I am aware the club have a taken a clear position, and that’s why I play towards the summer and I am fully focused.

Also see: Arsenal & Liverpool stars joined by Paul Pogba & Sergio Aguero in the BBC XI of the week

Ricardo Rodriguez explains why he didn’t join Chelsea or Arsenal [Blick]

Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez
Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez
Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez

Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez

One of the transfer rumours which spread over the summer suggested that Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez could make a move to the Premier League.

Indeed, Swiss paper Blick repeatedly linked the Swiss international defender with a possible move to either Arsenal or Chelsea.

As we now know, neither the Gunners nor the Blues completed the transfer, while Chelsea ended up buying Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina instead.

Also see: Swansea v Chelsea: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

Rodriguez talks to Blick

Over the weekend, the defender has spoken to Blick about what happened over the summer, and why he never moved from the Bundesliga. Rodriguez claimed:

I guess it was just meant to be this way. God wanted it this way.

You just need the right timing for a transfer and it’s a fact that during this transfer window, there were hardly any transfers of players in my position.

I don’t think €25m is too much for me. I’m only 24 and I already have more than four years of experience as a regular in the Bundesliga and the national team, and over €40m has been spent on players with less going for them.

To be honest I don’t think any footballer is worth so much, but these are the mechanics of professional football.

I have a contract here until 2019 and I’ve been here for four-and-a-half years and established quite a reputation within the team. Everything’s good, believe me.

Spurs have told Wolfsburg their price for Heung-Min Son [Bild]

Sonny
Sonny
Sonny

Heung-Min Son rumours just will not go away

For much of the summer window, Heung-Min Son was linked with a move away from Tottenham.

The South Korean suffered an injury hit campaign during his first season at Spurs and has recently been away at the Olympics.

Son, who did not play for South Korea this week, in order to train with Spurs and prove himself to Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga where he is still highly regarded.

At the end of the summer transfer window, Wolfsburg were linked with Son when rumours began that PSG were making a mega move for Julian Draxler.

On Tuesday, Bild have confirmed that Son remains a target for Wolfsburg.

Will Spurs sell Son in January?

Wolfsburg Managing Director Klaus Allofs is quoted as saying by Bild: “He [Son] is a very interesting player for us.”

Bild reveal that Wolfsburg offered 32 million euros for Son in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham are asking for 40 million euros to sell He is a very interesting player for Heung-Min Son.

The German newspaper expect another Wolfsburg bid for Son come in the January transfer window.

Son will be keen to play for Tottenham this coming Saturday at Stoke, to prove his worth. Erik Lamela is unlikely to start due to travelling back from Argentina’s South American World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.

This may mean a start for new Tottenham signing Moussa Sissoko.

Chelsea make a move for Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez [Kicker]

Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez
Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez
Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez

Busy times at Wolfsburg

German news outlet Kicker have an update from Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Die Wolves, as Bas Dost has left the club to join Sporting CP, while rumours are flying about that Julian Draxler could be on his way to PSG in an enormous 75 million euro deal.

Other rumours floating around include claims Wolfsburg could move for Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son should Draxler join the Ligue 1 giants.

Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez

In Kicker’s update from the Bundesliga side, they claim that Chelsea have been making moves to sign Swiss international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

It’s unclear whether Chelsea posted an official bid, but Kicker say Rodriguez is a target for the Blues.

The rumours linking the Pensioners with Rodriguez aren’t new. Swiss paper Blick recently claimed Antonio Conte could sign both Swiss international full-backs this transfer window: Ricardo Rodriguez and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Rodriguez has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the Mirror, where it was claimed the 23-year-old Wolfsburg defender is available for £22 million.

In any event, the trust of the Kicker story is that Wolfsburg are taking a firm stance that none of their stars are leaving before the window closes.

Whether they’ll actually be able to keep the vultures away remains to be seen.

Julian Draxler could be playing for PSG when they face Arsenal in the Champions League

Julian Draxler to PSG?
Julian Draxler to PSG?
Julian Draxler to PSG?

Julian Draxler to PSG?

All of a sudden Julian Draxler is set to become the second most expensive transfer out of the Bundesliga after Kevin De Bruyne.

On Monday morning, Kicker broke the news that PSG were rumoured to be considering a 75 million euro bid for the German international attacking midfielder.

Earlier in the summer, the 22-year-old Euro 2016 star gave an exclusive interview to German newspaper Bild in which he admitted to handing in an informal transfer request to Wolfsburg.

Bild have now updated the story on Monday afternoon, claiming that Draxler’s agent, Roger Wittmann, is currently in Paris trying to do the deal.

It’s beginning to feel increasingly likely Draxler will move to Ligue 1, while Wolfsburg could be about to sign Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son as a replacement.

So Draxler will face Arsenal?

Draxler, of course, has been one of the players who has been constantly linked to Arsenal in recent seasons.

Should the deal with PSG happen, the Gooners will finally get to see the German in action when they take on the Parisians in this season’s Champions League.

Arsenal’s match away at PSG is on September 13.

If Heung-Min Son is being sold by Spurs to Wolfsburg, he knows nothing about it [Yonhap News]

Is Heung-Min Son being sold?
Is Heung-Min Son being sold?
Is Heung-Min Son being sold?

Heung-Min Son to leave Spurs?

On Monday morning, leading German paper Bild reported that Wolfsburg are closing in on Tottenham’s attacking midfielder Heung-Min Son.

According to the reports, Son could return to the Bundesliga in a 30 million euro deal.

However, since joining Spurs in a 22 million pound deal last summer, Son has struggled to settle at the Lillywhites.

Son reacts to claims he’s being sold

Since the original report from Bild, South Korean news agency Yonhap News have spoken directly to the player about the rumour.

According to Son, he knows nothing about the transfer gossip:

I haven’t heard anything about my transfer, I don’t want to think about things happening outside the stadium. I just want to focus on playing football.

It’s not a good sign that transfer rumours are coming out, But I think it’s meaningful that those in Germany acknowledge me.

Son is currently in South Korea ahead of a World Cup qualifier against China this week.

PSG set for an enormous late bid for Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler [Kicker]

Julian Draxler to PSG?
Julian Draxler to PSG?
Julian Draxler to PSG?

It’s all happening at Wolfsburg

One club who look set for a hectic final couple of days in the transfer window are German club Wolfsburg.

Over the weekend, Wolfsburg offloaded Bas Dost to Sporting CP in a 10 million euro deal.

The Dost transfer is thought to be the precursor for Islam Slimani’s move from Sporting to Leicester City.

At the same time, Die Wolves have reportedly posted a 30 million euro bid with Tottenham for South Korean international star Heung-Min Son, while German news outlet Kicker are claiming that PSG are gearing up for an enormous late bid for Wolfsburg’s attacking midfielder Julian Draxler.

Julian Draxler to PSG?

In a short report from Kicker, it’s claimed that PSG may table a 75 million euro offer for Draxler.

Draxler is thought to be keen on a Wolfsburg exit before Wednesday, after the German international has been repeatedly tipped to leave the club throughout the summer.

Earlier in the summer, the 22-year-old Euro 2016 star gave an exclusive interview to German newspaper BILD in which he admitted to handing in an informal transfer request this summer.

Draxler is under contract at Wolfsburg until 2020.

Heung-Min Son may leave Spurs to join Wolfsburg [Bild]

Interest in Heung-Min Son
Interest in Heung-Min Son
Interest in Heung-Min Son

Heung-Min Son to leave Spurs?

It’s feeling increasingly likely that a little over a year since his arrival at White Hart Lane, South Korean star Heung-Min Son could be about to leave Spurs before the transfer window shuts this week.

The attacking midfielder was a resounding success in the Bundesliga both with Hamburg and Leverkusen, where he scored at an impressive rate while also keeping up the creative side of his game.

However, since joining Spurs in a 22 million pound deal last summer, Son has struggled to settle at the Lillywhites.

Moreover, Spurs have boosted their attacking options over the summer with the capture of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, meaning Son has an ever greater struggle on his hands to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team.

Wolfsburg make a bid
Wolfsburg make a bid

Wolfsburg make a bid

According to Monday’s edition of Bild, Wolfsburg have posted a 30 million euro bid for Son.

Over the weekend, Wolfsburg sold striker Bas Dost to Sporting Lisbon for €10m plus bonus payments, and it’s assumed that money would help fund the Son deal.

Spurs may be happy to let Son go, however one suspects that Wolfsburg have a job on their hands trying to do a deal with Daniel Levy in the final days of the summer window.

Is this why Spurs are chasing Crystal Palace’s winger Wilfired Zaha?

Chelsea target a top class Bundesliga based left back [Mirror]

Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez
Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez
Chelsea & Ricardo Rodriguez

Chelsea’s defensive search

Antonio Conte seems to be struggling in the transfer market this summer when it comes to his defensive recruitment.

For a while now, the Blues have been linked to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, however, with a little over a week to go until the transfer window shuts, no deal has yet transpired.

As that deal stalls, the Mirror on Friday have linked Chelsea to a new name: Wolfsburg’s left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

The race for Rodriguez

According to the red top, the Swiss left-back is available if Chelsea stump up £22 million.

The Blues are thought to be keen on meeting that valuation to get the deal done.

Ricardo Rodriguez is under contract in Germany until 2019 but wants to move on this summer.

As reported in the Mirror:

Chelsea are plotting a move for Wolfsburg’s £22million-rated defender Ricardo Rodriguez before the transfer window closes.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is eyeing a new left-back after allowing Baba Rahman to join Schalke on loan, which has left the versatile Cesar Azpilicueta – who was signed as a right-back – as their only senior option for the position.

Wolfsburg fine Arsenal target Julian Draxler €100,000 for his Wantaway Interview [Bild]

Leaving Wolfsburg is gonna cost Wolfsburg….

Draxler in action with Wolfsburg last season
Draxler in action with Wolfsburg last season

Draxler wants to leave

Julian Draxler’s exit from Wolfsburg could get ugly.

The German international, who only joined Wolfsburg from Schalke last summer, made public his desire to leave Wolfsburg earlier this week, declaring that he was ready to hand in a transfer request in order to push through a transfer.

Aware that Arsenal are interested in him, Draxler is apparently ready to do whatever it takes in order to get his move.

But Wolfsburg aren’t impressed.

Wolfsburg playing hardball

Bild report that the club have fined Draxler €100,000 for his public dalliances, the equivalent of 1 week’s wages for the German international.

Wolfsburg don’t want to sell their star attacker, but reports suggest that Arsenal can get him for around 50m pounds.

(Via So Foot)

Arsenal will need to pay £50m to prise Julian Draxler away from Wolfsburg [Mirror]

Get your wallet out, Wenger

Julian Draxler in action for Wolfsburg
Julian Draxler in action for Wolfsburg

Draxler for £50m

Arsenal can get Julian Draxler if they want him this summer, according to the Mirror.

But they’ll have to break the bank – and their own transfer record, if they’re to land the German interntional.

According to the backpage of tomorrow’s Mirror, it will cost Arsenal £50m to prise the attacker away from Wolfsburg.

Schalke don’t want to sell

According to an article earlier on Thursday from the Mirror, Schalke don’t want to sell Draxler, who only signed for them from Schalke last season.

But it appears he’s already got cold feet at Wolfsburg, as it’s been reported he’s handed in a transfer request.

Famously parsimonious with his transfer activity, it looks like Wenger will have to beat his previous record for Mesut Ozil if he’s to get the winger.

With Granit Xhaka the only big signing made by Arsenal so far this summer, Gooners are hoping upon hope that Wenger gets his cheque book out and signs an internationally renowned attacker.

Bad news for Arsenal: Wolfsburg release official statement on Julian Draxler’s future

Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler

Draxler rumours quashed by Wolfsburg

Linked heavily with a move to Arsenal, Julian Draxler has been trying to force a move away from Wolfsburg over the last 24 hours.

The 22-year-old Euro 2016 star gave an exclusive interview to German newspaper BILD this morning in which he admitting to handing in an informal transfer request this summer.

It since emerged that Arsenal is Julian Draxler’s preferred destination but Wolfsburg have put the transfer rumours to bed by releasing an official statement on their website.

The Wolfsburg statement

It’s bad news for Gooners hoping they would finally land the former Schalke star. Read the statement in full below. The important bits are highlighted.

“The Supervisory Committee and the Board of Directors at VfL Wolfsburg Fußball-GmbH feel the need to comment on the interview with Julian Draxler which was published in the ‘BILD’ newspaper, in order to clarify the current situation and dispel any possible resulting rumours.

“VfL Wolfsburg wish to make it absolutely clear that at no time did those responsible at the club make either written nor oral commitments on the transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period, which is due to end on August 31st, 2016. This is reiterated by a contractual release clause agreed upon with Julian Draxler and his management, which does not come into effect until summer 2017.
VfL Wolfsburg will not be selling Julian Draxler during the course of the current transfer period.

“In joint discussions with Julian Draxler, VfL Wolfsburg again made it clear that they would not be granting the player’s wish to make a move. We now consider any possible uncertainties to have been eradicated and that all parties can revert back to a professional and responsible collaboration for the good of VfL Wolfsburg and, in particular, for our fans.”

Arsenal Fan TV on the Julian Draxler rumours (Video)

Arsenal Fan TV on Julian Draxler
Arsenal Fan TV on Julian Draxler

Arsenal & Julian Draxler

Arsenal Fan TV have looked into the big story on Wednesday: Julian Draxler has asked to leave Wolfsburg, and he’s been linked with a move to the Gunners.

Robbie analysed the critical issue of where would Draxler play in the XI.

He believes Draxler would either need to be converted from an attacking midfielder into a centre-forward, or he’d be used on the left hand side – but where would that leave Alexis Sanchez?

Juventus drop out the race

It’s also worth noting that after Juventus were linked to Draxler by Bild, Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed the Old Lady have no interest in the 22-year-old German international.

Watch Arsenal Fan TV on the Julian Draxler rumours below.

So that leaves Arsenal? Juventus drop out the race for Julian Draxler [Di Marzio]

Julian Draxler to leave Wolfsburg
Julian Draxler to leave Wolfsburg
Julian Draxler to leave Wolfsburg

Julian Draxler’s future

Bild’s exclusive interview with Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Julian Draxler continues to make waves this Wednesday.

The 22-year-old German international made it plain to the German newspaper that he wants to leave Wolfsburg.

Bild claimed that Juventus and Arsenal were both chasing the player, however less than half a day later, those possible suitors have been cut in half.

Di Marzio update

Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio has provided a short update on the Draxler situation on Wednesday lunchtime:

Another name that has been made recently is Julian Draxler: Juventus have let the Germans know that they are not interested in the player, contrary to what Draxler told Bild.

Its possible that Arsenal is behind Draxler’s will to move and not Juve, who are no longer interested.

Is Draxler even the type of player Arsenal need though?

While he’s a fantastic talent, Draxler isn’t a striker who can replace Olivier Giroud, but rather he fills the role behind the striker.

Arsenal have plenty of players who are already capable of playing in that role including Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Related: Rumour: Arsenal will sign two players, one player before Liverpool match

Let’s see what happens…

Wolfsburg star Julian Draxler wants to join Arsenal [Sky Sports News]

Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler
Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler

Draxler wants Wolfsburg exit

German Euro 2016 star Julian Draxler has long been linked with a move to Arsenal and it now appears the 22-year-old midfielder is ready to force through a move.

This morning he gave an exclusive interview to German newspaper BILD in a bid to force Wolfsburg into letting him leave, amidst interest from a “top club“.

Draxler today said: “When I moved in August 2015, I was verbally assured that I could leave the club if opportunities presented themselves.”

“It was always clear between all the parties involved that I wanted to go to an international top club if I had the chance.”

Arsenal his preferred destination

Juventus and Arsenal are the two clubs being heavily linked the to young midfielder but it is understood that Julian Draxler would prefer a move to the Premier League.

According to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol, Draxler wants to leave Wolfsburg for the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger’s main priority is signing a striker and a defender but he has long been a fan of attacking midfielder Julian Draxler.