Arsenal closely monitoring 24-year-old Germany international

The London giants have reportedly renewed their interest in Borussia Dortmund attacker Julian Brandt ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Spanish manager and technical director Edu looked at bolstering Gunners options in attacking midfield in winter and a potential deal for Germany international was briefly explored before the club focussed their attentions on Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

Martin Odegaard, keen to boost his game time, pushed through a loan move to Arsenal and Spaniard has instructed the Gunners board to do everything in their power to extend the Norway international’s stay beyond the summer after a series of outstanding displays.

But Real Madrid’s hierarchy now accept they made a mistake in allowing Martin to leave and will not be entertaining permanent bids for the attacker which has forced Arsenal to draw up a shortlist of alternatives. Arsenal have therefore revived their interest in Julian and it’s claimed the footballer is open to the prospect of a new challenge away from Bundesliga giants.

Brandt has scored only two goals in 28 Bundesliga games this campaign and could be allowed to leave for a fee of only €20m at the end of the season. But securing a permanent deal for Martin, however unlikely, stays the number one priority for the Spanish manager.

The 24-year-old attacker had a promising start to his Borussia Dortmund career after joining from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2019 but has since dropped down the pecking order under Edin Terzic. His current deal at the Signal Iduna Park which he signed on arrival two years ago, runs through to 2024.