Fabrizio Romano has told Sky Sports that Arsenal are following Julian Brandt, but it is not going to be easy for the Gunners to sign the Borussia Dortmund star.
Romano, who works for The Guardian and SkySport, has claimed that due to the injury suffered by Axel Witsel, Dortmund are unlikely to sell Brandt in the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old, who can operate as an attacking a midfielder or as a left-winger, has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.
The Athletic reported last month Gunners’ interest in securing the services of the Germany international midfielder.
Romano told Sky Sports: “I think it’s so, so difficult. First of all it’s never easy to negotiate with German clubs in two or three weeks, so it won’t be easy in this case.
“Also we have to remember Borussia Dortmund’s idea is to not sell players in January, and with the Axel Witsel injury it would be really difficult to sign Brandt in this moment.
“For sure, Arsenal are following the player, but at the moment it would be difficult to sign him in January, I expect Dortmund to keep this squad and not let him leave.”
Unlikely Arsenal transfer in January
Brandt is an important player for Dortmund, who are five points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table and are very much in the race for the title.
The 24-year-old has made six starts and eight substitute appearances in the Bundesliga and has made two starts and four substitute appearances in the Champions League so far this season, according to WhoScored.
During the 2019-20 campaign, the attacking player made 25 starts and eight substitute appearances in the league and made five starts and two substitute appearances in the Champions League for Dortmund, according to WhoScored.
Dortmund are unlikely to sell Brandt in the middle of the season and damage their chances of winning the Bundesliga this season.