Arsenal need to make signings this summer, but are struggling for budget as it seems they will again miss out on Champions League football.
As well as supplementing the squad, the club need to replace several players who are leaving for nothing this summer, including Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.
A player who ticks all the boxes, in my opinion, is Julian Brandt. The 23-year-old German international is a great age to invest in and reportedly has a release clause set at just €25million. In this market, that is phenomenal value for a player of his talent and potential.
Brandt has excelled this season for Bayer Leverkusen, with 6 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga.
He’s an incredibly versatile player, capable of playing anywhere in midfield or even as a wing back. This versatility would be brilliant for Emery as the Spaniard loves to tweak his system depending on the opposition.
Brandt started his career as a left-winger, but this season has excelled in a more central position, making him a great candidate to replace Ramsey, whilst his versatility would also provide the club with cover on the flanks.
Appearances 👕 170
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Arsenal need to make several additions this summer, and alongside Brandt I think Emery needs to add a new left back, central defender and winger to the squad. A bonus would be if the club manage to convince Adrien Rabiot to join on a free, as a replacement for Mohammed Elneny.
The caveat of this clause seems to be that it will only be active if Leverkusen fail to qualify for the Champions League. Leverkusen are currently 5th place, but have a good chance to nicking 4th spot from Frankfurt based on recent form.
Even if there is no clause, Brandt is still an option worth pursuing. With the German club confident they will keep hold of Kai Havertz this summer, they may be more willing to part with Brandt.
Aged 23, he’s a low risk option for the North London club, with obvious resale value if things don’t work out. But I think Brandt has the attributes to be successful in the Premier League and for Arsenal under Emery.