Five facts on reported Liverpool and Chelsea target Julian Brandt

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Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Julian Brandt is being linked with both Liverpool and Chelsea, but what do their fans need to know about him?

According to reports, a transfer battle is looming over the signing of the Bundesliga youngster, with both Premier League clubs determined to get their man.

Scouts from Liverpool and Chelsea have already been over to Germany to cast their eye over the highly-rated player. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has reportedly 'made a personal check on Brandt' which suggests last season league runners-up could pull ahead in the battle.

Since his first team breakthrough at the back end of last season the young German has gone from strength to strength. In the 12 Bundesliga appearances he made last season he scored two goals and made the same amount of assists; he has started this campaign just as brightly too, scoring one goal in two league matches.

Supporters of both Liverpool and Chelsea can be forgiven for not knowing a whole lot about the promising player, so here are five facts they should know:

1) Having been born on 2nd May 1996, Brandt only turned 18-years-old this year. As a very young boy Brandt played for his hometown club SC Borgfeld, before joining the academy of FC Oberneuland in 2009 and then Wolfburg snapped him up in 2011. Brandt then finally joined Leverkusen in 2013, after the club gave him a guarantee of first team football.

2) Brand plays as a left-winger or attacking midfielder for the German outfit, and his strengths include being both footed, possessing plenty of pace and being able to wriggle out of tight spaces. He is also deceptively strong standing at exactly 6ft and weighing more than 12 stone.

3) He has represented Germany at every youth level up to the under-19s, and was part of the squad that won the European U19 Championship earlier this year.

4) Brandt's career could have taken a very different path at Wolfsburg; at 15-years-old he began an apprenticeship as an office administrator with the club. Fortunately for the German his footballing talents prevailed over his administrating.

5) Bayer Levekusen sporting director and Germany Legend Rudi Voller has labelled him as "one of the most talented players in German football" and that "his signature is a great investment for the future". Transfr Markt values him at £4.4 million, but with a contract until 2019 you can be sure that it will take a bit more than that to prise him away from the German club.

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