Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt Asking Price
As per football.london, Dortmund would be willing to strike a deal at €25m (£22.5m/$30.7m) for Brandt in January. Presumably he does not feature in Edin Terzić’s plans, a stance backed up by his bit-part role this season under the new boss. Other sources state this figure to be closer to €40m (and even more), but this is just Due Borussen flexing their muscles.
On face value, that is a relatively cheap option for any club looking for a jack-of-all-trades midfielder, one with international experience and at an enticing age. There is definite room for improvement with the German who needs to find consistency through a regular run of games, so it’s no surprise Arsenal are keen.
Putting two and two together, one has to question why Dortmund would be willing to sell a player whose deal runs out in 2024 for the exact same fee they bought him for.
There is cutting your losses, then there is wanting the same figure you paid 18 months ago despite such a healthy length of contract remaining. For that figure, all of Europe should be swooping in if he’s truly at the standard required.
In many ways, it’s almost too low to miss out on. It’s still up in the air just how good he is, or can be in the Premier League, yet isn’t that a tantalising enough sum to want to know?
Arsenal aren’t in a position to take huge gambles in the transfer market. At £22.5m Brandt wouldn’t be a huge risk, but that’s impossible to quantify. What if Houssem Aouar is available in the summer and Arsenal are short in cash? How foolish would that then look having signed someone who can’t get minutes for a struggling Dortmund team?
There are undoubted positives with Brandt, just as there are negatives. If he is the player to swoop in for then it’s with the long-term vision in mind. At what point do you give have total trust in the recruitment department?
However, it’s important to note where others stand on the matter. Heeding advice, or simply observing others’ actions, can tell a lot.