Manchester United chasing Julian Draxler?

Schalke's Julian Draxler is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against PAOK Thessaloniki during their Champions League play-off match on August 27, 2013
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Manchester United are understood to be preparing a £30m summer bid for Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler.

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler.

Scouts from the Premier League champions have been out to Germany five times this season to watch the 20-year-old playmaker.

Despite Draxler having a £38.5m release clause in his current contract, United are hoping to land the youngster for around £30m, according to Goal.com.

However, they are likely to face competition from a number of sides across Europe for his signature.

Rivals Chelsea have been linked with a move, while Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus are also thought to be monitoring his transfer situation.

Chelsea's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o celebrates scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Chelsea and FC Schalke at Stamford Bridge in London on November 6, 2013
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