German outlet BILD reported last night that Arsenal are keen to sign Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Gunners will need a new number 10 for next season if Martin Odegaard goes back to Real Madrid. There are reports claiming that the Galacticos will not let him leave this summer, which is a big blow for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Arsenal, as a result, have reportedly turned their attention to Brandt. The German, still only 24, has had a torrid season. He has scored just three goals and has provided two assists in 40 appearances this term, a truly shocking record.
His confidence is dented and considering that he has started just one of Dortmund’s last five league games, it looks like they don’t really fancy him either ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report claims that Brandt is open to a new challenge at the end of this season. Dortmund have no problem selling him either as long as their asking price is met – just a little over £17m, which is probably a third of what Odegaard will cost.
That is a humongous bargain for a player of his quality. Brandt can score, assist, is strong with both feet, and is extremely versatile. He is still only 24 as well, which is the right age for a player to make a jump to the Premier League.
This has been a freak season for the German. He has simply not been able to do what he does best. However, that doesn’t make him a bad player, and if he is available for just £17 million, Arsenal should be all over that deal, especially if we can’t sign Odegaard.
Some Arsenal fans, however, are split. Half of our supporters feel he isn’t the player we should be looking at, while the other half believe that we won’t find a better attacking midfielder for that price this summer.