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How Kai Havertz compared Arsenal-linked Julian Brandt with Sacho and Haaland

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Fussball Transfers have revealed that Arsenal still maintain an interest in signing Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt this summer.

It is no secret that the Gunners are on the market for a new creative attacker. Martin Odegaard remains our number one target, but our reported backup option is no longer available.

Emiliano Buendia completed his move to Aston Villa earlier today and that is a big blow for Arsenal. We’ve been linked with him for the better part of the last year, and to miss out on him to Dean Smith’s side is a real shame.

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Arsenal will surely have to go all out for Odegaard now, but there is no guarantee that Real Madrid will sell him. As a result, Brandt may well come into the frame, and Chelsea star Kai Havertz’s comments about him from last year will surely excite all Gooners.

Havertz: Brandt is better than Haaland and Sancho

He told German outlet Kicker in February last year: “I wrote to him (Brandt) on Tuesday after the game. (Jadon) Sancho and (Erling) Haaland aren’t playing too badly either, but at the moment he’s the best player at (Borussia) Dortmund.”

Sancho and Haaland are now two of the best young attackers in world football. The pair are easily worth over £100 million today, but Brandt’s value has come down considerably since Havertz’s bold praise.

BILD claimed about three weeks ago that Dortmund are willing to sell the German for just £17.3 million this summer. That is an absolute bargain for a player as talented as him, but should Arsenal be worried after his disastrous form over the last 12 months?

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After directly being involved in 20 goals in the 2019/20 season, Brandt finished last campaign with just four goals and two assists. That is a shocking fall from grace, but one bad season doesn’t make him a bad player.

The German is still only 25 and is yet to reach his prime years. He can play on both flanks, as a false-nine, in attacking midfield and as a dynamic box-to-box player in the middle of the park. That makes him a very useful player to have in almost any system in the world.

Under the right manager, Brandt could easily reach the heights that he did in the past. That could be why Arteta, Edu and Arsenal are still interested in him, but Odegaard should still remain our number one target.

The Norwegian is a phenomenal player who already knows the Premier League. He settled in very well under Arteta and if a deal can be struck with Real Madrid, he should be the one we bring in this summer.

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