Julian Draxler Joins Benfica on Season-Long Loan from PSG

Julian Draxler is set to head out on loan to Portugal to play with the 37-time Primeira Liga Champions Benfica from PSG.

The 28 year old German midfielder has spent the past five seasons in Paris following his $44 million move from Wolfsburg in 2017.

Once touted as a massive German prospect, things haven’t been so easy for him in the French capital as he has only made 198 total appearances for PSG since his arrival, with injuries and fitness issues causing him to stagnate in France.

A product of the famed Schalke youth academy which produced stars like Mesut Özil, Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sané, he was making good on his promise when he moved to Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015, where he impressed with eight goals and 10 assists in 45 appearances from an attacking midfield position.

Following his move to Paris in 2017, the midfielder was pushed out wide on the left for most of his spell, but with the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona the same summer he had to compete for minutes with the Brazilian superstar, while also dealing with a litany of injuries.

During Draxler’s time in Paris he’s won four Ligue 1 titles and four French Cups, add on to winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014 when he was still a bright prospect.

The German will immediately inject new life into the Benfica attack as he will play as provider on the wing to new arrival David Neres and stalwart Rafa Silva as As Águilas are looking to get back to the top of the Liga Portugal following a third placed finish last season.

Image Credit: Getty Images/Gualter Fatia

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