By Ryan Darby

9th Jan, 2021 | 5:30pm

'Leeds are looking' – Fabrizio Romano makes big Leeds transfer claim about £6.2m-a-year star

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Leeds United would consider a loan deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Romano was quizzed on a potential move from Leeds to sign the German, who is out of contract at the end of the season: “For sure, Leeds are looking for this kind of player. Like Draxler, like Rodrigo De Paul, but they won’t spend like 35 or 45million euro for this kind of player.

“It will be an opportunity if Paris Saint-Germain for example, decide to sell him on loan, they will consider the opportunity, if not, I think it will be difficult.”

Romano himself has reported in the past that Leeds are interested in a deal to sign Draxler, but there have always been concerns about the potential cost of a deal.

Whilst speaking to Give Me Sport, he also added that Mauricio Pochettino’s recent arrival has delayed any decision on his future, with the new PSG boss only just coming to terms with his new squad and the players he wants to keep.

An opportunity for Leeds and Draxler

There is no denying that Draxler is a player of great quality, but for Leeds, any potential deal to sign the former World Cup winner will surely come down to a matter of money.

Earning a reported £119k a week at Paris Saint-Germain – the equivalent of £6.18m a year – the German might be required to take a sizeable wage cut in order for Leeds to afford a move.

That might be in Draxler’s interest to do so after seeing the impact that Rodrigo has had at Elland Road since his move from Valencia.

The German is somebody that simply needs to be playing regularly – something he has not done at PSG.

During his five-season in France, he has made over 20 league appearances in a season just twice.

Over the course of the last season and a half, he has made 21 league appearances, which could make a move to Leeds more appealing.

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