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11 Jan 2017

Klopp's Next Transfer? Liverpool determined to sign 'exceptional' £40m sensation who rejected 'Bayern' transfer

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for one Germany's brightest rising talents.

Last week, German newspaper Sportbild claimed:

* FSG have granted Klopp a €47m transfer war chest to sign players during the current window.

* Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt is Klopp's top target.

Unfortunately for Klopp, Leverkusen are reportedly refusing to sell this month, according to the Liverpool Echo today:

"Liverpool know that [signing] Brandt in January won’t be possible [so] the Reds [will] test Leverkusen's resolve in the summer. Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of [Brandt] who has been scouted regularly this season".

Brandt has also ruled out a January transfer. When asked this week about leaving Leverkusen this month, he told Bild:

“I would not be scared to dismiss Bayern for a second time. The same goes for other clubs too. I feel very comfortable here and I know what I’ve got here".

Some info about Brandt:

* 20-year old left-winger, who can also play on the right, or as a number 10. Contract expires: 2019. Rejected Chelsea to sign for Leverkusen.

* Leverkusen: 19 goals/22 assists (41) in 115 games (One every 146 mins). 4 apps for the German national team.

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Strong all-round attacking game. Two-footed speed merchant. Excellent in tight spaces, and stronger than he looks".

* Sep 2014: When asked his strengths and weakness, Brandt told reporters: "Weaknesses are defensive work and heading ability. I live by my speed, I'm good with both feet, and I give everything on the pitch"

May 2015: Leverkusen Sporting Director Rudi Voller raved: "He [Brandt] is exceptional. Fast, and a great natural talent. He has many qualities that you can not learn"

* Nov 2016: When asked about Brandt's future, his agent told"There is interest, but there are no negotiations or preliminary talks with other clubs yet".

Klopp obviously knows Brandt from his time in the Bundesliga, so this link makes a lot of sense, but in my view, the youngster is right to reject a big club move and continue his development at Leverkusen. The likes of Bayern and Liverpool will come calling again in the future, so what's the rush?

* €40m-rated (CIES)


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