Julian Brandt transfer officially dead, as Arsenal turn to familiar back-up option in January swoop

Date published: Friday 8th January 2021 1:41 - Matthew Briggs

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Arsenal have not approached Julian Brandt and Borussia Dortmund have no intentions of selling the midfielder this month as the Gunners transfer business has taken another turn.

Brandt has been heavily linked with a move to The Emirates this month, after it was claimed BVB were ready to cash in on the player.

Arsenal, according to The Atheltic on Boxing Day were sounding out a move for Brandt, but that has been dismissed by BVB.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has quashed talk that Brandt will be sold.

“A name is constantly being mentioned that actually doesn’t play a role in our deliberations at the moment. That should come to an end,” Zorc said ahead of the trip to RB Leipzig.

“I can only repeat; there is not even the slightest bit of anything on the table.

“We can’t do anything if rumours are constantly being spread that are not true.

“Basically, we would of course deal with each situation individually. Even against an economic background that is not rosy due to the pandemic situation.

“There is currently nothing on the table that we should even consider.”

It seems that Arsenal’s midfield target lost is being extinguished by the day with Emi Buendia also off the menu.

The Daily Express have reported that Mikel Arteta’s hopes of signing Buendia have faded away after Norwich decided they will not sell this month.

And another man, who is now off the club’s radar is Isco. The Athletic understands that Arteta is “not inclined” to pursue the Real Madrid man.

Draxler link

However, Bild reporter Christian Falk has thrown in a new name for January.

PSG midfielder Julian Draxler is now a possible target for Arsenal.

Draxler has been linked with Arsenal in previous years.

Leeds have also been mentioned as suitors for the 27-year-old, who will be a free agent in the summer.

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello SportLeeds have reignited their interest in Draxler following Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment.

The midfielder has been a bit-part player, making just five starts so far this season after being hampered by injury.

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