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 Express.de:"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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