Bayern ‘ahead of Liverpool’ in race to sign £20m Bayer star

Bayern Munich are set to make a move for Liverpool target Julian Brandt with talks reportedly “well advanced”.

German news outlet SportsBild suggest the Bundesliga giants have made contact with the midfielder over a summer move to the Allianz Arena.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, while Juventus scouts are believed to have watched him in action in Leverkusen’s Champions League last-16 clash with Atletico Madrid.

Brandt has produced some brilliant performances for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring three goals and providing seven assists in all competitions.

There is a £10.7million release clause in his current deal that expires in 2019, but the clause only becomes active in 2018.

However Brandt said last month he could extend his deal with Bayer: “We’re constantly in good talks. If it were up to me, the summer would be the right time [to renew]. I don’t want to deal with this forever.”

And the report claims Bayer Leverkusen boss Tayfun Korkut is keen to tie Brandt down to a new deal, although Bayern’s interest may be too good to turn down.