Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt, who is said to have agreed a move to Bayern Munich.
It has previously been suggested that both clubs were keen on the 21-year-old, who has emerged as one of the top prospects in German football since breaking into Leverkusen’s first team.
Liverpool were allegedly willing to spend big on Julian Brandt but according to German outlet TZ, he has opted to remain in his homeland.
It has been claimed that Bayern were keen to secure his services for the upcoming campaign but with Brandt keen on earning a place in Germany’s squad for the World Cup, an agreement is in place for him to remain at his current club for another 12 months.
“For me it is the chance to get out of this whole swamp full of negative things,” said Brandt when talking to TZ in regards to the transfer rumours. During the Confederations Cup, the midfielder wants to “gain self-confidence through good games and good performances”.
Brandt has had a frustrating season this year, especially since the sacking of former manager Roger Schmidt, despite putting on the Leverkusen shirt 40 times in all competitions. The 21-year-old admitted that he was glad Joachim Löw picked the winger to take part in the Confederations Cup this summer.
“I was responsible for the fact that the season did not go as well as desired.” Brandt admitted. The winger enjoyed a terrific start to the season, earning a lot of plaudits around Europe.
Julian Brandt has scored 20 goals in 128 appearances for Leverkusen, while he has won eight caps for his national team.