Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt’s future is set to be decided this week as a number of clubs circle for his signature this summer.
The 23-year-old winger has enjoyed a superb second half of the season, prompting the Champions League finalists, Liverpool, to prepare for a transfer battle.
The German international has also attracted Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund and with a relatively low release clause, a Leverkusen exit looks likely.
The Germany international can be snapped up for just €25 million (£22m), which could prove to be tremendous value for the winger. He has been in sensational form this season which has helped Leverkusen to qualify for the Champions League.
Brandt has been on fire in recent times for Leverkusen
The young winger has bagged 10 goals and 17 assists which is exceptional. Brandt has 24 caps for Germany, scoring two goals, while he scored six in 32 Bundesliga appearances this season for Leverkusen.
He has vast experience for a player who has only just turned 23, making over 200 appearances for Leverkusen since making his debut in the 2013-14 season.
But Brandt’s stunning form could have cost the Premier League sides as he fired Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 5-1 win over Hertha Berlin on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign.
Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has now sent a clear message to both interested parties. He believes Champions League football will be enough to convince both Brandt and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz to stay with the club.
Here’s what Peter had to say:
“Yes, it’s a better chance [of Leverkusen keeping both players],” Bosz told Bayer 04 TV.
“I don’t know. Kai will stay, for sure. And Julian, I hope he will stay. Every player wants to play at the highest level and we have the chance next season to play at the highest level.
“We’re looking forward to it. Not only in the Champions League but also the Bundesliga.
“Our goal will be to be better than this season and therefore we have to work harder than this season and be more clear about how we want to play. It’s a big achievement.”
Whichever destination Brandt chooses, it is likely to be discovered later this week. It’ll be interesting to see which side he chooses.
Liverpool will be keen to get Brandt’s signature as they don’t have many alternative options in their forward line, apart from the deadly trio of Salah, Firmino, and Mane. Same is the case with Tottenham. So, it looks like an intense battle between the two English giants.