Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has had his say on rumours linking Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt with a move to the Emirates this summer.
German outlet BILD revealed a few weeks ago that the Gunners are eying a summer move for the versatile playmaker, who will be available for just £17.3 million at the end of this season after a difficult personal campaign.
Brandt has scored just four goals and has provided two assists in 44 games this season. That is a shocking record, but Arsenal still reportedly want him, and Leno has revealed today that he has sent him a few texts about a potential move.
He told Sport1: “I read the rumours with Arsenal and wrote him a few messages right away. But I don’t know what is really there.
“In any case, I would be happy if he came. Jule is a good friend, we had a very good time in Leverkusen and privately we were often out for one or two beers. Maybe we can experience that again in the future.”
Leno played 169 games with Brandt at Bayer Leverkusen before he joined Arsenal. Both players know each other really well, and his comments above hint that he would be delighted to share the dressing room with his compatriot again next season.
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Signing an attacking midfielder who has scored just four goals and has provided only two assists this season makes no sense on paper, but Brandt’s numbers this term do not tell the entire story.
His performances this season have clearly been poor, he’ll be the first one to admit that. However, he has shown on multiple occasions in the past that he has the quality to deliver incredible numbers at the highest level.
In the two seasons prior to this one, Brandt scored 17 goals and provided a staggering 30 assists in all competitions. That is a tremendous return and it just shows that he is more then capable of performing at a really high level.
Arsenal’s priority has to be Martin Odegaard this summer but that deal is a complicated one. If the Gunners can’t lure the Norwegian in, Brandt would be a sensational replacement, especially if he will be available for just £17.3 million.