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 Express.de:"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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