Arsenal could be handed a chance to get Julian Brandt this summer, with Borussia Dortmund now open to a sale for the right price.
That’s according to BILD, who say the Bundesliga side will let the German midfielder leave if a club puts €25m on the table for him.
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Brandt throughout the January transfer window, with it claimed back in December that their scouts had made ‘important moves’ for him.
This was followed by several rumours about an impending bid, with it later claimed that something was going on despite Dortmund chief Michael Zorc going to great lengths to dismiss them.
Ultimately a move never happened as they wouldn’t sanction a loan deal, with Arsenal instead signing Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
There’s been nothing on Brandt since, but BILD report today that he will be on the market come the summer.
They explain that the midfielder remains out of favour in Dortmund and currently finds himself in a ‘deep career crisis’. So much so, it ‘cannot be ruled out’ he will be sold come the summer.
After a bright start at the club, Brandt has been a disaster this season, with him often giving the ball away, showing a ‘lack of aggressiveness’ and ‘no brilliant ideas’ in front of goal.
A tally of three goals in 35 games is considered a ‘horror rate’, and now Dortmund, who had ‘hoped for more’ from him, are eyeing a sale.
There was already ‘a separation’ in January, but because there was no suitable offer, the player ended up staying. That, though, could change come the summer.
If any club were to ‘put at least €25m on the table’, Brandt would be allowed to leave for pastures new.
That opens the door for Arsenal to get a man they were clearly keen on just two months ago, although whether they’d be happy to pay that price remains to be seen.