Arsenal and Man Utd are upping their efforts to land a £35m-rated Porto star, while Liverpool have asked PSG about the possibility of loaning Julian Draxler in January, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
ARSENAL, MANCHESTER UNITED UP EFFORTS TO LAND £35M PORTO STAR
Arsenal and Manchester United both sent scouts to watch Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira in action last week, according to reports.
The 26-year-old, who has won 27 caps for Portugal and was part of their victorious squad at Euro 2016, is a reported target for the two Premier League giants.
Pereira was on target in his side’s 3-2 Primeira Liga win over Portimonense on Friday night, and according to O’Jogo both United and Arsenal had scouts watching on.
The report claims that United chief Jose Mourinho regularly monitors players at his former club, while PSG are also said to be keen on the player.
The defensive midfielder’s style is thought to be well suited to the Premier League and a January bid could well be in the offing for a player rated in the £35m bracket by his club.
LIVERPOOL CONTACT PSG OVER SHOCK LOAN SWOOP FOR GERMAN STAR
Liverpool have contacted PSG in a surprise bid to take Julian Draxler to Anfield in a loan deal in the January transfer window.
The Germany playmaker is said to be frustrated at the Parc des Princes after being asked to fulfill a deeper midfield role under Unai Emery and while he is settled at the club, L’Equipe claim Liverpool are hoping to cash in by bringing him to the club in a short-term deal.
Draxler was a Liverpool target prior to the player’s move to Paris last year and initially impressed, scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances.
But the arrival of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have forced him to play deeper – and Draxler’s influence has waned as a result, having only scored two goals in 14 games this season.
And with the player desperate to show PSG what they’re missing, L’Equipe report Jurgen Klopp wants to take him to Anfield until the end of the season. They add that while a permanent deal would be difficult for Liverpool to pull off because of Draxler’s reluctance to give up on PSG, they could have more luck if they offer him a loan.
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