Liverpool To Battle With Real Madrid For Summer Target Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt reacts.

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Liverpool are all set to fight with Real Madrid for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen’s highly talented midfielder Julian Brandt.

The Daily Mail claim Madrid scouts were present in Germany on Tuesday night to watch Brandt during Leverkusen’s Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid.

The youngster played well but couldn’t prevent his team from losing 4-2 on that night.

Brandt was on the field for 86 minutes at the Bay Arena, and created more chances (three) than any other player, with only Leverkusen’s Kevin Kampl having more successful dribbles.

He maintained constant threat driving up the left flank, and decently handled two of Atletico’s star performers, Sime Vrsaljko and Saul Niguez. This recent performance may have further convinced Real Madrid of his potential talent, though the intensity of their interest still to be tested.

It is believed that Brandt is one of the players Liverpool have identified as their summer target, with Demarai Gray of Leicester also in the wish list.

The 20-year-old German has scored 17 goals in 86 matches for Leverkusen since his debut in 2014. He has represented the national team at every level, recently winning four senior caps.

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With Jurgen Klopp keen to add more options to his attacking line for next season, Brandt is expected to be a priority signing for Liverpool.

The 20-year-old has been a consistent performer throughout the season so far, and would be an excellent recruit for Klopp.

However, due to his recent prominence in the Bundesliga, as well as the Champions League, the youngster has garnered interest from further afield than Anfield.

It would be wise for Liverpool to prepare a list of alternatives, however, considering their lack of success in securing primary targets over the past few transfer windows.

Much may depend on whether they qualify for the Champions League through a top-four finish in the Premier League this term, otherwise it would be extremely difficult to compete with Real Madrid.


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