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6 Jan 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool keen to sign 'exceptional' £40m attacking sensation; Klopp's top transfer target

FSG have reportedly handed Jurgen Klopp a £40m January transfer kitty, and reports in Germany suggest that Liverpool's boss has is planning to use the cash to raid the Bundesliga.

According to German newspaper Sportbild:

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

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

Liverpool were last linked with Brandt in November, when Sportbild claimed:

"Liverpool are looking at Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt, who is also wanted by Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan".

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 will know Brandt from his time in the Bundesliga, so this link makes a lot of sense, but in my view, Brandt is better off staying at Leverkusen for another 1-2 years.

* €40m-rated (CIES)


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