Arsenal may be about to finally find their long-term Mesut Ozil successor…
According to Fussball Transfers, Julian Brandt is one of the players who could leave Borussia Dortmund this summer and they report that the Gunners remain interested in his signature.
Sport Bild (via Bulinews) believe the Bundesliga outfit could sanction his exit if they receive a bid in the region of €25m (£21.5m), the same amount they paid Bayer Leverkusen in 2019.
The North London outfit have already missed out on one mooted attacking midfield target after Emi Buendia opted to join top-flight rivals Aston Villa instead this week.
It’s evident that the no.10 role is a position that is of top priority for Mikel Arteta this summer, with Martin Odegaard set to return to Real Madrid following his loan spell at the Emirates Stadium.
Both he and Dani Ceballos came in from the La Liga giants in a bid to replace the void left behind by Mesut Ozil but neither arrived with a view for the long term.
It leaves the Arsenal boss back at square one, even more so after losing out on Buendia.
Whilst the German playmaker’s time in North London ended on a sour note, registering just 18 league starts in his final campaign, he will always be remembered as one of their best-ever signings in the Premier League.
As per WhoScored, the maestro delivered some absurd numbers, which included a career-best six goals and 19 assists during the 2015/16 campaign.
In Brandt, the Gunners may finally have the perfect – and permanent – solution.
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency this season (6.58 average rating) but that hasn’t been helped by the fact that he’s been utilised in a variety of positions (seven) and has rarely started (17 of 31 games).
His manager at Leverkusen saw his future through the middle, though, and once lauded the all-around talent to Bundesliga.com. He said:
“During my time with Dortmund when we played against Bayer, in Leverkusen. Back then he was playing on the wing, but I saw him as a midfielder. He’s such a good player and you’ve got to give good players the ball as much as possible. Today he was really exceptional. He barely lost the ball, he was choosing the right moments to complete the triangles. He’s a great player.”
After those comments, Brandt went onto provide six goals and a handful of assists, so evidently, it could be his preferred position.
Arsenal should waste no time in making a bid for Brandt, Edu Gaspar simply cannot afford to miss out on another attacking target this summer.