Julian Brandt, the 17-year-old kid from Germany’s Bremen, not far away from the North Sea, was scouted extensively recently by Chelsea. Scouting departments from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund cast their eyes over him too.
Interest heated up as he was not keen to sign a contract extension with his club VfL Wolfsburg. However the bidding war for the next Mesut Ozil appears to have ended before it even started.
Football legend Rudi Voller, now in office as Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director, confirmed in a press conference today that Julian Brandt will join the club. “He will come to us,” Voller said. It remains unclear when the midfield talent will join. Voller: “January or […] next summer.”
With this move Leverkusen have reinforced their youth academy and built for their future as some key players, like Stefan Kießling, Sidney Sam and Gonzalo Castro, continue to receive more and more interest from other teams.
It still has to be seen if Brandt lives up to hype. He has yet to record a appearance with the first team. However the young gun comes with huge potential. So much potential that Leverkusen didn’t shy away from the €2.5m transfer fee.
The move that also heals Leverkusen’s wounds after the 0-5 beating by United in Champions League. Rudi Voller might at least enjoy offering fans a little distraction.
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