Arsenal Join Liverpool In The Hunt For Julian Brandt

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Liverpool and Arsenal are among the Premier League clubs keeping a close tab on Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt ahead of the January transfer window, according to the Mail.

Tottenham and Everton also sent scouts to watch the highly-rated 20-year-old winger in recent weeks.

All four clubs had representatives during a Bundesliga fixture between Leverkusen and Koln on December 21, while Liverpool have been keeping their strong interest for the German throughout the 2016-17 campaign.

Brandt, who has scored three goals along with six assists in 22 appearances this season, is under contract with his the Bundesliga side until the summer of 2019.

Despite being a potential target for some heavyweight clubs as a teenager, Brandt decided to join Leverkusen in January 2014, after coming through Wolfsburg’s youth ranks.

Speaking to Bild about why Bayern Munich would not have been the place to go, he said: “Young players stay at Bayern for a half-a-season often enough and then go on a loan. That’s a good path but I wanted to make a name for myself here at Leverkusen for a longer period.”

Brandt had gone through an unbelievable run in which he netted six times in six games while still only a teenager last season, which eventually pushed Leverkusen to qualify for the Champions League.

He also became only the second teenager in Bundesliga history to score in six games in a row. Back in April 2014, he had also found the back of the net on his first-team debut for Leverkusen against Hamburger SV, which made him the youngest ever player to score a league goal for the club.


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