Julian Brandt’s transfer conundrum to Liverpool after Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho complaints
Could Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp really rekindle his interest in a player hailed as Borussia Dortmund’s greatest talent and better than Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho?
You imagine most Kopites would be thrilled if Liverpool land one of these two prodigies from Klopp’s previous employers this summer with the pair among the hottest properties in European football.
The coveted Norwegian striker and England winger could each command a potential nine-figure transfer fee if they leave the Westfalenstadion, but while Dortmund would struggle to part with their most valuable assets, one of the Haaland and Sancho’s teammates have reportedly become available.
The Mirror quotes Ruhr Nachrichten as claiming Borussia Dortmund are now set to let Julian Brandt leave the club this summer, just two years after signing him on a five-year contract after activating the â¬ 25million release clause in his Bayer contract Leverkusen.
It’s probably fair to say that if Haaland and Sancho’s reputations have exploded since then, the Brandt star has declined somewhat, but since he’s just turned 25, it would be unfair to give him a popped color.
While his four-goal return in 2020/21 pales in comparison to the three occasions he has doubled in his last four seasons at Leverkusen, he still played in 31 of Dortmund’s 34 Bundesliga appearances this past. season and has played 45 matches in all competitions. .
As recently as last year, Kai Havertz, who capped his debut season with Chelsea after becoming their signing record by winning the Champions League, is cited by football London as declaring his former Leverkusen teammate in a interview with Kicker: “Sancho and Haaland aren’t playing too badly, but he’s Dortmund’s best player at the moment.
A bold statement indeed.
Maybe they were just kind words to give an old pal a welcome pick-me-up, but there could be more to it.
Brandt appears to have been on the Premier League’s top radar for several seasons now.
He too was the subject of notorious interest from Chelsea in 2013 while still a player for the youth team at Wolfsburg while there were links to Manchester United the following year.
Liverpool knew him best in 2017 when ECHO announced Klopp wanted to sign the winger, but the Reds finally set their sights on Mohamed Salah after being told the Germany international intended to stay. on the spot.
Also linked with Bayern Munich that summer, Brandt did not want to risk having his playing time reduced during the season until the World Cup and explained why he had turned down Anfield’s interest.
He told Kicker: âMy intuition and my head tell me the time to move has not yet come. I have to fix things in Leverkusen.
“Of course there are players who say that a year without European football before the World Cup is a good reason to move.
“But if you move to a bigger club a year before the World Cup, you might take a while at the start to settle in, which maybe means playing fewer games.”
Speculation that Klopp was back for Brandt resurfaced in April 2019, quickly followed by rumors that he was wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, but rather than ending up in one of this year’s Champions League finalists. instead, he made a national transfer to Dortmund.
In recent months, Arsenal have been the last England team to be named as a potential contender, but given Klopp’s apparent high regard and past interest in the player, could they be tempted by a potential deal in a football financial landscape? radically reshaped by the global coronavirus pandemic?
As much as a Haaland or a Sancho – like the much-vaunted Kylian Mbappe – would represent the kind of marquee signing that many fans are looking for, FSG Bean Counters might not be as enthusiastic about the gargantuan spending that such acquisitions would require. .
Klopp has gained a reputation for creating his own stars rather than always looking for the finished article and has previously shown that he is not afraid of challenges when it comes to training his players.
Mohamed Salah had failed at Chelsea in his previous Premier League stint while Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri all suffered top-level relegation just before arriving with the latter somewhat comparable to Brandt in that he was clearly a talent but a player who had been through a rough patch.
Brandt’s potential ship to the Mersey may have sailed well, but if he’s linked with a Dortmund exit, Klopp might be wondering a year after Diogo Jota upset his first three – Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will all be 29 years old. kicking off next season – whether Liverpool’s offensive options could benefit from another blow to the arm of younger blood.