Manchester United boss hints at move to sign highly-rated Arsenal midfield target

Red Devils boss Van Gaal speaks fondly of in-demand midfield star.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has spoken fondly of Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Julian Draxler ahead of the two teams’ meeting in the Champions League this week.

The German international has long been regarded as one of the top young talents in Europe, and was a target for the likes of United and Arsenal before his switch from Schalke to Wolfsburg this summer.

Draxler has now been identified by Van Gaal as a key figure for his side’s opponents in the Champions League on Wednesday, showing his admiration for his abilities.

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“He was a very young talent when I was there [in Germany, managing Bayern], so I know him,” the Dutchman said.

“He has to go on a long road like [Anthony] Martial, although it could be a little bit shorter because he has been playing longer on that level. He is a very good player.”

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