Julian Brandt ‘tempted’ by Arsenal move as transfer talks begin

Arsenal transfer target Julian Brandt looks on during Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga clash with Union Berlin
Arsenal have begun talks over a move for Julian Brandt (Picture: Getty)

Borussia Dortmund misfit Julian Brandt is open to the idea of joining Arsenal at the end of the season, according to reports in Germany.

Arsenal had several bids rejected for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar in the summer transfer window but have turned their attentions away from the Frenchman this winter, with Isco, Joan Jordan and Marcel Sabitzer heavily linked over the last few days.

Technical director Edu recently admitted the club were in need of an attacking ‘player with creativity’ and Mikel Arteta has made it clear he’s keen for reinforcements in the middle of the park after an immensely disappointing start to the season.

And according to BILD’s Christian Falk, Brandt has emerged as a serious target for Arsenal, with discussions well underway in north London over a possible bid to land the versatile 24-year-old.

Brandt had an impressive debut campaign at Dortmund last term – after a high-profile €25million (£22m) transfer from Bayer Leverkusen – but has dropped down the pecking order and the Gunners are ready to test the Bundesliga club’s resolve.

Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker and Brandt share the same agents and Falk claims the Germany international is ‘tempted’ by the prospect of a switch to the Emirates.

However, Dortmund are extremely unlikely to sanction a transfer midway through the campaign, meaning the Gunners may have to wait until next summer.

Julian Brandt looks on during Borussia Dortmund's Champions League clash with Zenit St. Petersburg
Brandt has struggled for regular playing time at Dortmund this season (Picture: Getty)

Just days before his dismissal at Dortmund, Lucien Favre backed Brandt to bounce back from his recent struggles at the club and urged fans to be patient with the attacking midfielder.

‘People say that he’s not in the best form lately and has had some bad ball losses but I don’t think he’s played that badly,’ he said.

‘Tactically speaking, he runs very well in behind the opponent’s lines. That’s why he plays striker sometimes.

‘He is quite fast and can run deep. We need that and he can do it very, very well.’

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: ‘We know that Julian can play better than he has been recently.”

‘The important thing is that he continues to work on himself.’

At his press conference on Thursday, Arsenal head coach Arteta confirmed he was working with the club over potential new arrivals.

‘A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons,’ the Spaniard told the media.

‘There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave.

‘That’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions. We are looking to do that.

‘And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them.’

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