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Julian Draxler transfer scramble: Arsenal and Liverpool favourites

PSG tell German winger he's surplus to requirements seven months after signing him for £36m

Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be on alert after Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler was told he had no future at the club just months after joining it for £36m. 

The Germany star appears to have been cut adrift following the arrival of Neymar in the French capital. But he would have no shortage of suitors in the Premier League. Chelsea and Everton are both thought to be admirers.

The former Wolfsburg star is only 23 and would be an "attractive purchase" says The Sun

It tips Liverpool as the frontrunners in the race to sign Draxler.

Philippe Coutinho is set to quit Anfield and move to Barcelona, where he could replace Neymar, explains the paper. If he does leave Liverpool "a gap opens up which can be plugged by Draxler". 

This would give some symmetry to the stand-off between PSG, Barcelona and Liverpool. 

But the Daily Star says Arsenal could also be keen on a player they have been linked to in the past. That in turn could pave the way for Alexis Sanchez to leave the club before the end of the transfer window.

The Daily Express throws more names into the hat. "Manchester United and Chelsea supporters are also pleading with their clubs to launch a bid to land Draxler," it says. 

United have spent heavily this summer, but manager Jose Mourinho was said to have designs on Gareth Bale earlier in the window. Draxler is a similar kind of player. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, are low on numbers and light in attack with Diego Costa refusing to wear the shirt this season.

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