Julian Draxler’s scintillating performance in Germany’s 3-0 triumph over Slovakia enhanced his already burgeoning reputation as one of Europe’s hottest youngsters.
Jose Mourinho enlisted Manchester United as members of the forward’s growing fan club before the rush his goal and assist in his latest Euro 2016 outing sparked and now it appears the Portuguese is pushing the Red Devils into making an even bigger commitment.
The Deutschland branch of bwin have been forced to cut the firm’s odds on Draxler moving to Man Utd from 11/1 to 3/1 after being inundated with bets on the transfer taking place.
Speculation dictates United will bid up to £30m for the 22-year-old, who signed for Wolfsburg from Schalke last summer.
He scored five goals and assisted as many again in 21 Bundesliga appearances for Die Wolfe, who deployed him in every attacking position imaginable over the course of the campaign.
A start against Slovakia was Draxler’s third of Euro 2016. With averages of four dribbles and 1.7 key passes per outing, he is showcasing notable talents in the final third that would undoubtedly improve United’s goal threat next season.
Glenn Woodage, a bookmaker at bwin, said:
“Interest in Draxler is rising and the betting suggests long-term admirer Mourinho doesn’t want to see a rival European heavyweight lure the German wonderboy away from United’s clutches.
“Punters expect them to move quickly as another eye-catching performance in the quarters is likely to spark a bidding war.”