Report: Milan could battle Arsenal for PSG midfielder after suffering January rejection

By Oliver Fisher -

Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler rejected the idea of a move to AC Milan during the January transfer window, a report claims.

Some outlets suggested during the most recent winter market that the German international could move to Milan as part of a swap deal for playmaker Lucas Paqueta, but nothing eventually came of it.

According to the MilanLive – who cite the Express – Draxler had the chance to join Milan on loan but said no as he did not want to relocate mid-season, and he also rejected Hertha BSC.

The paper describes his situation as one that may present an opportunity again for interested clubs in the summer, adding that the 26-year-old is not pushing for an exit.

Arsenal are looking for a replacement for Mesut Ozil though and could make a move for Draxler, but interesting RB Leipzig are mentioned as having interest – the team for whom prospective next Milan boss Ralf Rangnick controls the recruitment for.

Speaking back to Goal back in November, Draxler was asked why he did not leave PSG last summer: “Because I was quite satisfied with my playing time in the season before.

“I have a coach that makes me feel like he wants to have me in this team and appreciates my qualities.

“I feel at home in the club and in the city. Besides, I have a contract until 2021. At some point I have to look where the journey is going. It may well be that I extend at PSG.

“I am aware that I do not have the role at PSG that I had at Schalke or Wolfsburg.

“At the same time, I know that I have the quality to play many games and help the team.

“Of course, I would like to take on even more responsibility and not worry about whether I play every major game of the season or not.

“At the same time, I have to be realistic. To be an undisputed starter at PSG, you must be one of the world’s top five, six, seven players.”

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