By Kealan Hughes

31st Mar, 2021 | 2:00pm

Leeds must make move for Julian Draxler as update reveals he will be available on a free in summer

Julian Draxler will be available on a free transfer in the summer so now is the perfect time for Leeds United to make a move.

The Whites were linked with the 27-year-old in January [Daily Mail], with Phil Hay describing the German as a “next level” signing if he’s brought in at the Yorkshire club.

Draxler is a player with a tremendous pedigree having won Ligue 1, played in the Champions League, and won 56 caps for Germany.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira reports Draxler will become a free agent at the end of the season as PSG will not offer him a new deal.

That is bound to attract interest from several clubs across Europe, so Leeds must act swiftly.

Draxler will likely demand big wages but at 27 his best years could still be ahead of him, despite the winger not being a regular since the 2018/19 season.

At Elland Road, he could be revitalised, however.

Players like Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich have been giving a new lease of life under Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine could get the best out of Draxler too.

Also, the German would be a versatile option for us, capable of providing competition on the wing for Raphinha and Jack Harrison.

We feel he would also be well suited to the number eight role alongside Klich – a position often taken up by Rodrigo or Tyler Roberts.

At his height Draxler scored five and assisted 12 goals for PSG in 2018/19, so he is more than capable of producing in the final third.

Rodrigo has not provided the goals from midfield we would have hoped for and after an inconsistent season there are rumours he could leave [Fichajes].

Draxler would be an ideal replacement as he would offer the same international experience but has the added advantage of being a few years younger.

A player of his pedigree arriving would be a good demonstration of our ambition.

Agreeing a deal with Draxler this summer could lead other big-name players to join, too, so we would be in a great position heading into 2021/22.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in pole position to land a £30m-rated midfielder.