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Arsenal winter target Draxler completes PSG move

Ligue 1 By: Collins Udeme | 03/01/2017

Arsenal winter target Draxler completes PSG move

Arsenal target Julian Draxler has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, the French champions have confirmed.

The North London side Arsenal and their Premier League rival Liverpool had previously been interested in signing Draxler, but the 23-year-old has now signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the French champions.

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PSG in an official statement after completing Draxler's move said: "Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce they can welcome Julian Draxler into the French champions' squad.

"Signed from VfL Wolfsburg, the Germany international signed his contract with the capital club this Monday. He is now tied to the club until 2021."

The Germany international in an interview after his unveiling said: "It is with great joy and anticipation that I join Paris Saint-Germain.

"For the first time in my career, I'm going to discover a new country, a new league, and I'm very proud to take this new step at a club which has become a benchmark in Europe and has signed a lot of great players in recent years. I will do everything to help Paris Saint-Germain win new trophies and continue to grow internationally."

Draxler is one the best-known attacking midfielders in world football, notably for his dribbling skills, the quality of his crosses and his sense of putting the team first.

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After coming through FC Schalke 04's youth academy, he joined the prestigious Germany squad at just 18 years of age for a game against Switzerland on 25 May, 2012. A member of the UEFA EURO 2016 squad in France, the Gladbeck-born Draxler now has 27 caps, and took part in the Mannschaft's 2014 FIFA World Cup win in Brazil, a year before he moved to Wolfsburg.

With his two German clubs, Draxler totalled 153 Bundesliga appearances and 47 European games, including 34 in the UEFA Champions League, a competition in which he reached the quarter-finals in the 2015-16 season.