By Craig Scott

8th Sep, 2020 | 3:49pm

Leeds dealt big-name midfielder transfer blow despite advances - reliable journalist

Leeds United are in contact with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler, according to RMC Sport reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi.

The French journalist claimed via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that the Whites are trying to convince the 26-year-old Germany international to head to Elland Road before the transfer window closes next month.

However, it is understood that although Draxler is in the final year of his contract at PSG, he has not been receptive to Leeds’ interest at this stage.

Draxler would be an exciting signing and we assume that Leeds have eyed up the former Schalke star as an alternative should they fail to sign Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.

But, as good as it sounds to hear Leeds being linked with such a high-calibre player, it does not seem as though a deal will happen for Draxler based on his stance.

To be fair to him, leaving the Ligue 1 champions and Champions League runners-up to join a newly-promoted, unestablished Premier League team sounds quite a jump on paper.

But to be managed by Marcelo Bielsa, begin a new lease of life in England and get to play alongside international team-mate Robin Koch also sounds like a good move for Draxler, who made just 22 appearances for PSG last season and failed to score.

The German international can play in a multitude of different positions.

He can play on both wings, in the attack, up front of in the centre of the midfield, which is where he played most often for PSG last season [transfermarkt].

But Draxler also struggled with injuries, which is not something that sounds too great when considering how easily players get struck down at Leeds due to Bielsa’s major physical demands.

At the end of the day, Draxler is a huge name and we’d love to see someone like that head to Elland Road but it just does not seem as though it’s a deal that is likely to happen.

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