Newcastle United’s reported interest in Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler has come to an end as the Germany international completes a loan move to Benfica.
Reports in France had suggested the Magpies were still keen on a move for the Germany international, with Media Foot saying United were ‘charging’ to complete a move by tonight’s deadline.
Draxler has been out of favor at PSG and has been repeatedly linked with an exit throughout the summer.
Speaking while on international duty earlier this summer, the 28-year-old addressed his lack of playing time after making just 18 Ligue 1 appearances for the Parisian giants.
He said: “I haven’t spoken to the coach personally, but he has already told us as a team that he needs fit players who are on the pace.
“I have to play more games for the World Cup. We will see what happens this summer.
But Portuguese outlets Sport and A Bola have now reported that the former Schalke 04 star is already in Lisbon and ready to complete a season-long loan at Benfica.
The decision accelerated on Wednesday as journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed that “an agreement in principle” had been reached to bring the attacking midfielder to the Estadio da Luz before the transfer window closes later in the day. the evening.
Draxler won’t be the only one leaving PSG today as defender Layvin Kurzawa – who was linked with Newcastle in January – is set to join Fulham on a season-long loan deal which could be made permanent at the end of the season.