Arsenal, Manchester United and other have reportedly joined Liverpool in pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.
Daily Mail have reported that top Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton have joined Liverpool in the pursuit of 20-year-old Julian Brandt. The report states that the Bayer Leverkusen winger has been monitored by the aforementioned clubs in his recent games.
Brandt arrived at Bayer Leverkusen in January, 2014 from Wolfsburg for a meager fee of €350,000, and has grown into an influential player at the club. The winger has featured in every one of their Bundesliga and Champions League fixtures this season.
The 20-year-old has also racked up some decent figures, especially in the league, with 2 goals and 6 assists to his name in 16 Bundesliga matches. Brandt’s impressive displays have even resulted in him breaking into the Germany senior squad.
Liverpool have been long time admirers of the winger, who can play all across the forward line, but is predominantly a left winger. Daily Mail are now reporting that as many as four other Premier League clubs have joined the in-form Reds in pursuit of Brandt.
The report claims that representatives from Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton were all in the stands during Leverkusen’s fixture against Cologne last week to monitor Julian Brandt, with the clubs also keeping an eye on his teammate Hakan Calhanoglu.
The industrious right-footed winger still has two and a half years left on his current deal, which is due to expire in 2019. The player is still only 20 years of age, and has the potential to be a key player for the next decade or so, which means Bayer Leverkusen are unlikely to be willing to part with him for cheap.
However the allure of Premier League, combined with the financial might of interested parties, means that Bayer Leverkusen may be resigned to losing the player, in case they receive an irresistible offer on the table.
It remains to be seen if Julian betrays his new home for a more lucrative project. The player could choose to stay at Bayer Leverkusen, a club where he has become an important part of the first-team setup, rather than head to the new pastures of the Premier League, where he may have to settle for a lesser squad role.