Arsenal on alert as creative target made available for inviting price

Date published: Saturday 20th March 2021 2:48 - Samuel Bannister

Borussia Dortmund are open to selling Arsenal target Julian Brandt after setting their asking price, according to reports in Germany.

Brandt has been with Dortmund since 2019, but has had to settle for a reduced role this season. So far, he has made just 14 starts in the Bundesliga, in addition to 10 substitute appearances.

There was speculation heading into the winter transfer window that Brandt could end up at Arsenal. As the Premier League side looked for more creativity, the German midfielder was one of their options.

However, Dortmund refused to entertain a January sale and Arsenal switched their focus to signing Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

Odegaard has made a bright start to life in London and there are hopes that his stay could extend beyond this season. But Arsenal are considering additional options.

One of the names who may still be under consideration is Brandt – especially after Dortmund softened their stance.

According to Bild, the Bundesliga side are now prepared to cut their losses on the 24-year-old. Having only managed three goals all season so far, they are concerned about his value dropping further.

Therefore, it could be time to cash in. The report claims they will listen to offers in the region of €25m for the midfielder.

That will no doubt put his potential suitors on alert, with Arsenal perhaps still possessing an interest.

Brandt may have suffered a dip in productivity this season, but has shown his qualities before. He was particularly impressive in his time with Bayer Leverkusen and was believed to be a top target for Liverpool before they signed Mohamed Salah.

Now, Brandt is seeking to get his career back on track, and a move to a different league could provide him with the spark he needs – as seems to be happening with Odegaard.

How far Arsenal would be willing to go to sign him remains to be seen.


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Odegaard future depends on Zidane

The future of Odegaard will likely have an influence on whether Arsenal decide to pursue Brandt.

Odegaard is on loan until the end of the season but there is no option to buy in his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are still ready to discuss the situation with Real Madrid in the summer. A recent report highlighted one factor more important than most in their hopes of signing him permanently – Zinedine Zidane.

Odegaard did not get much playing time under the current Madrid boss, whose future is also in doubt. Hence, it is claimed that if Zidane leaves Los Blancos, Odegaard could still stay.

But if Zidane stays in Madrid, Odegaard would be more likely to want to move on. That could present an opportunity for Arsenal, which would affect their plans.

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