As per a report from the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United were rebuffed in a late inquiry for now-Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt.
Brandt’s rise to stardom
Brandt, a versatile midfielder who can also play on the wing, spent his entire career to date, up until yesterday, on Bayer Leverkusen’s books.
After first breaking into the first-team setup of Die Werkself as a raw starlet during the 2013/14 campaign, Brandt subsequently went on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded young players in Germany over the seasons since.
The technically-gifted 23-year-old possesses a number of impressive attributes, with his creative spark, eye for goal and wand of a right foot having enabled Brandt to rack up an impressive 10 goals and 12 assists across all competitions this season.
Julian Brandt’s start to 2019:
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) March 16, 2019
Dortmund’s decisive transfer dealings
And the German’s stellar showings at the BayArena certainly didn’t go unnoticed across Europe.
The English giants, in the end, though, missed out, as Borussia Dortmund made the Leverkusen standout their 3rd signing in the space of a week, following the additions of Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard:
🤝 Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Julian Brandt!
🔥 #WirHabenBRANDT – Der 23-jährige Nationalspieler unterschreibt bis 2024 beim BVB!
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 22, 2019
✍️✍️✍️ Was die letzten Tage in Dortmund so passiert ist… pic.twitter.com/I9CPWC1j0j
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 23, 2019
United miss out
As per the aforementioned report from the Manchester Evening News, though, another Premier League club are also said to have failed in a late swoop for Brandt.
The outfit in question are Ole Gunnar Solaker’s Manchester United.
The Red Devils’ board are reported to have made contact with their Leverkusen counterparts last week, but were informed that they had left their move too late:
‘United touched base with Bayer Leverkusen to ask about Brandt’s availability, only to discover he had chosen to move to Dortmund last week.’
Brandt’s signing, which saw Dortmund take advantage of a 25 million Euro clause in the German’s Leverkusen contract, could well prove to be a masterstroke on the part of the BVB hierarchy.