Dortmund chief denies Arsenal interest in midfielder Brandt

James Holland
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Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has responded to rumours that Arsenal are interested in Julian Brandt, saying they ‘don’t reflect the truth’.

Last week reports emerged that linked Brandt with the Gunners. He was seen as an ideal option to improve their creativity going forward.

But it looks like the transfer is off the cards after Zorc revealed there wasn’t any truth in the rumours.

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He said (via journalist Fabrizio Romano): “There is nothing on the table at the moment. We can’t do anything about rumours that are constantly being spread that simply don’t reflect the truth. There’s currently no interest.”

Brandt has been one of Dortmund’s star players since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in July 2019.

He’s scored eight goals and assisted 14 more to repay some of the £22.5 million fee they paid for him.

His form saw him linked with a move to Arsenal, alongside fellow playmakers Houssem Aouar and Dominik Szoboszlai.

Aouar could now become the Gunners’ best option after Szoboszlai opted for a move to RB Leipzig.

Technical director Edu has already completed the first signing of the January transfer window. He helped to bring in young defender Omar Rekik for a £500,000 fee from Hertha Berlin.

Arsenal fans will be hoping it’s the start of an eventful month.

Mesut Ozil seems to be closing in on an exit. Arteta has revealed that a decision is likely in the ‘next few days’.

Callum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny could also be sold to improve the club’s transfer funds.

Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have been mentioned in a possible player-plus-cash deal for Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia.

The Argentinian is a cheaper alternative to Aouar who could cost around £40 million in addition to the two Englishmen.