Borussia Dortmund are confident of fending off Premier League interest from Liverpool and Tottenham to win the race for Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt. Attacking midfielder Brandt is attracting a lot of attention after providing seven goals and 11 assists in 33 Bundesliga appearances this season, also scoring once in the Europa League.
His €25million exit fee is certain to be of interest to a number of suitors, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – who wanted the player back in the summer of 2017 before the Reds instead opted to sign Mohamed Salah – among those battling for his signature.
Alternatively, Spurs were considering him as a potential replacement if Christian Eriksen leaves. However, Bild claim that Brandt is set to stay in the Bundesliga, as Dortmund close in on his signature.
Klopp’s former club have already signed Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim, and are ready to add more players in their bid to push Bayern Munich all the way in the title race again next season. They now appear to be firmly at the front of the queue for 23-year-old Brandt, who has 24 caps for the German national team.
The report follows claims from Sky Sports News last week that Brandt would prefer to stay in Germany than move to England at this stage of his career.
“It would be nice to play with Frenkie in a team, but I don’t know if it will happen.” De Ligt, who was also a target for Liverpool before Jurgen Klopp made his stance clear on the player, was speaking after claiming the Eredevisie Player of the Year award.