Leeds could still sign player with 'extraordinary talent' this summer

Julian Draxler vs Marseille

Leeds United's enthralling summer of drama is not letting up.

On Wednesday evening, the Whites were involved in a quite ridiculous penalty shoot-out against Hull City in the EFL Cup.

The Tigers eventually prevailed as they won the encounter 9-8 after penalties. That followed a last gasp equaliser from Gjanni Alioski.

One day, Leeds might actually get a chance to catch their breath.

This has been a high-intense period for everyone at Elland Road. Whether it be their promotion a few months ago, Victor Orta breaking the club's transfer record or their 4-3 defeat against Liverpool, there has been little opportunity to just take things in.

The Premier League is an unrelenting division and they're being given a fine taste of things to come.

Of course, they will have easier tasks than the Reds and that starts with a match against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa vs Hull EFL Cup

Leeds dispatched the Cottagers 3-0 back in June so they should be full of confidence, especially after witnessing their lacklustre defence against Arsenal last weekend.

It's unlikely that the Whites will have any new signings over the line before Saturday but they'll be busy in the coming weeks.

A number of days ago now, Leeds were linked with a stunning move for PSG playmaker Julian Draxler. Eyebrows were raised and since then we haven't heard too much about an exit for the German.

However, L'Equipe (via Inside Futbol) now suggest that the Parisians are absolutely intent on selling him this summer.

This should come as a huge boost to Leeds who could enter negotiations with the Ligue 1 side if they can't find a buyer anywhere else. 

It had previously been claimed that Draxler didn't want to leave this summer so it looks like he's going to be forced out. 

Julian Draxler

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's not clear just how much PSG would be willing to sell Draxler for this summer but given they want to raise a few more funds, they could be willing to let him leave on the cheap.

At present, his Transfermarkt value sits at £21.6m so wouldn't cost Leeds the earth. Of course, wages could be an issue, but if the Yorkshire side are going to buy an attacking midfielder this summer, the 26-year-old must be their first choice.

There has been a lot of fuss about a move for Rodrigo de Paul but with a £35.8m price tag being mooted, that is an awful lot of money to shell out for someone relatively unproven.

Julian Draxler in action for Germany

It looks like Draxler could be cheaper than that, and given his proven track record in Europe's top five leagues, would be a no brainer. He'd also be an ideal alternative to the Udinese playmaker.

Draxler is capped 52 times for Germany and last term registered seven assists in all competitions. He has also been described as an "extraordinary talent" by his former coach Horst Heldt.

Leeds need to be more open to negotiating with Draxler than De Paul.

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