Late last week, Mahmoud Dahoud’s summer transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach was confirmed. A few days later, whispers began to echo around in the German press that a deal to send Julian Brandt to Bayern Munich once the season ends had been all but agreed.
Though Liverpool said they had since moved on, Dahoud had been one of their top transfer targets last summer. And Brandt has been confirmed by club friendly journalists to be their top attacking target this time around. The thought of losing both in a matter of days led to a fair bit of hand-wringing amongst fans.
However, on this occasion at least, it appears Liverpool fans may not have to wring their hands just yet at least, as Brandt’s agent, father Jurgen Brandt, has come out publicly to state that the rising star who turns 21 this month has not decided on his future and no club has done more than enquire.
“There aren’t any talks or an agreement,” Jurgen Brandt told Sky Germany. “Julian will speak to Leverkusen about his future in the summer. There have been enquiries from Bayern as well as others, but only to me. I collect these but there has been nothing concrete yet.”
If Brandt leaves Bayer Leverkusen, he would likely be had for a bargain this summer due to a looming €12.5M release clause set to kick in the summer of 2018. It will cost more than that to get him now, but similar to a player entering the final year of a contract, it’s a clause that puts pressure on his current club.
“It’s fake news that Julian has agreed terms with Bayern,” his father added. “Julian hasn’t yet been in the situation yet where he has to—or has wanted to—make a decision about his future.”