Wolfsburg has signed Julian Draxler from Schalke 04 for a club-record fee £25.5 million. It is the second highest transfer ever within Bundesliga.
After Wolfsburg received £55 million from Manchester City for Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, the club has decided to spend a good chunk of it on 21-year-old Draxler. The young German has spent four years in Schalke’s first team and made his debut for the club at 17 years old.
Draxler appeared in 171 games for Schalke, scoring 30 goals. He will be seen as the replacement for De Bruyne. Draxler has signed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg and stated to Wolfsburg’s website that he was looking forward to compete for trophies with his new club.
“VfL Wolfsburg is a new challenge for me,” Draxler said. “I want to continue playing football at the very top level. VfL offers exceptional prospects and an extremely strong team. I am looking forward to the Champions League with VfL and I want to be playing for titles here in the coming years.”
Draxler was a highly-touted prospect for many years after bursting onto the scene at a young age, and he’s established himself as one of the better German players in the league. Draxler has 15 caps for the German national team and was part of the squad that won the 2014 World Cup last summer in Brazil.
Manager Dieter Hecking was excited about the new signing as he spoke to vfl-wolfsburg.de.
“Julian is a guy who can basically be used in all attacking positions and will make our game even more varied,” Hecking said. “He fits perfectly into our score of requirement and our style of play. In spite of his age, he also brings a good deal of experience to the team.”