Arsenal hoping to convince PSG star to take pay cut to replace Ozil

Arsenal are ‘very interested’ in a bid for Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, according to reports in France.

The Gunners are currently preparing for life after Mesut Ozil, with the German international’s contract set to expire in 2021 – and they have lined up one of his compatriots as a potential replacement.

Draxler joined PSG from Wolfsburg in January 2017, but he too will be out of contract at the same time as Ozil, and having struggled to make a strong impression at Parc Des Princes, is expected to move on.

According to Foot Mercato (via The Sun), Arsenal are interested in signing Draxler in the summer, but his wages would be an obstacle to the transfer.

Draxler earns around £120,000-per-week with PSG, which Arsenal would not be able to afford, even if they got Ozil – who earns nearly three times as much – off the books.

And even though Arsenal would have to convince him to take a pay cut, they may be optimistic that Draxler’s good relationships with Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin could persuade him to make the switch.

Draxler had previously been tipped to replace Christian Eriksen at Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while he was reportedly the player that Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign for Liverpool instead of Mohamed Salah – only for the Germany international to snub his compatriot Jurgen Klopp.

And Draxler may prove to be an easier target to acquire than a former Liverpool star in Philippe Coutinho, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as he ponders a Premier League return.

Draxler has contributed six assists for PSG this season, but has not scored, and has made considerably fewer appearances than in either of his previous two full seasons in Paris, suggesting his time there is nearly up.

Arsenal will also have to beat off competition from one other unnamed Premier League club, as well as Hertha Berlin, who are pushing to take him back to his home country.