Julian Brandt appears certain to be staying put at Borussia Dortmund this summer.
With Arsenal once again on the market for a creative midfielder, the Germany international was being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window had even officially opened.
According to Bild, via Sport Witness, the north London outfit has been keen on Brandt who was reportedly not averse to a new challenge and that Dortmund would be willing to accept a fee in the region of £17.3m.
In fact, it wasn’t the first time in 2021 that there was talk of Brandt being reunited with his former Bayer Leverkusen teammate Bernd Leno in north London.
Prior to signing Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid in the January transfer window, the Gunners were interested in bringing the Germany international to the Emirates Stadium.
And whilst Arsenal are keen on bringing the Norwegian back for a second spell for next season, links to Brandt hadn’t fully disappeared.
Until now that is, after Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke moved to quash any talk of the 25-year-old departing the Signal Iduna Park this summer.
“I repeat it every day: Brandt will stay at Borussia Dortmund,” Watzke said, as quoted by Tuttosport. “For me it has always been very clear. Julian will stay with us – as well as Erling Haaland.
“I keep repeating it every day, but nobody seems to care.
“Every week I hear a different thing, but for us it is normal, that Brandt stays at Dortmund.”
So with Brandt set to stay in Germany, it rules out the prospect of Arsenal technical director Edu completing a £17.3m transfer that would have provided manager Mikel Arteta with the chance to unleash a new attack worth just under €200m next season.
Any scenario that saw Brandt join Arsenal would have allowed Arteta to pick the German alongside Bukayo Saka and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behind Lautaro Martinez – linked with a summer move to the Gunners – in a 4-2-3-1 formation for particular games.
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Based on each of the quartet’s estimated transfer values on CIES Football Observatory, that is €195m (£165m) worth of talent.
Admittedly, the reason this proposed attack would be worth the aforementioned figure is solely down to Saka being the most valued player in the Arsenal squad, according to the CIES algorithm as his estimated transfer value is between €90m-€120m.
Brandt is next with a valuation of €20m-€30m, Aubameyang is at €15m-€20m, while Martinez’s €70m valuation pushes the total past just under the €200m mark.
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