Leeds eye swoop for 'extraordinary talent' with 242 top-flight appearances

Draxler in action for PSG

This has been the ultimate summer of celebration for Leeds United.

In fact, to pick a common word this year, it has been unprecedented. Promoted for the first time since 2004, they also broke their transfer record for the first time in 20 years.

This has not been a normal period for any football club, let alone Leeds.

Victor Orta has been one of the busiest men in world football over the last few months, certainly in terms of recruitment.

The Whites have welcomed plenty of fresh faces to their academy while the additions of Rodrigo and Robin Koch will balance the squad out nicely. 

They aren't done yet, however. There is a sense that another centre-half could arrive with talks ongoing to sign Croatian teenager Josko Gvardiol. 

Though, we could also see another one or two additions in a forward area. 

Rodrigo celebrates scoring for Valencia

We've seen some crazy rumours swirl around Elland Road this summer with former PSG players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani mentioned in the same breath as Leeds.

However, this time it's a player still with the Parisians that is being linked with a move to Yorkshire. Talk about a change in culture. 

The man in question happens to be Julian Draxler. Yes, you read that right, Leeds are trying to lure the attacking midfielder to the Premier League this summer.

According to RMC, they are attempting to convince him to make the switch, but according to other sources, it might not be overly possible. 

Draxler, who has 242 top-flight appearances in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, does not want to leave Paris behind according to journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi. 

At present, the German has a year left on his current contract with the Champions League finalists. Perhaps they could ask Koch for a bit of assistance with this one? 

Julian Draxler Champions League final

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This would be a truly ridiculous piece of business from Leeds if they can secure a deal for Draxler.

He is a superb player and there is a reason that he's at one of the best clubs on the continent. The 26-year-old is now in his prime and despite the wealth of talent available to PSG, he still played 22 times last term.

He provided seven assists and completed 90% of his passes.

The Germany international is a player with "silky skills" claim the Bundesliga website, while Schalke sporting director only had praise for him when he was still playing in Gelsenkirchen. 

"It’s fantastic to have a player with such extraordinary talent here," Horst Heldt said

Julian Draxler in action for PSG

If this deal goes through though, Leeds will have QSI to thank. PSG's owners were previously touted as buying a stake in the Whites and we know how good their relationship is with Andrea Radrizzani. 

If you keep that in mind, the transfer suddenly becomes less far-fetched. There is already a working relationship between the two parties so that should certainly help when it comes to negotiations.

It could solely come down to the player himself here.

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