Liverpool and Bayern Munich have potentially been dealt a blow as Julian Brandt is set to sign a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.
It has been revealed in recent weeks that the 21-year-old has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Bundesliga side for a meagre €12.5million in the summer, throwing his immediate future into serious doubt. With two of European’s biggest clubs in the shape of Bayern Munich and Liverpool interested in acquiring the talented winger, it was being heavily speculated that Leverkusen were resigned to losing one of their many young stars.
However, according to the German outlet Sport Bild, Brandt will not leave Leverkusen this year and is even considering signing an improved deal at the club he has been at since 2014. The German side are flying high in the league this season and with Champions League football potentially on the cards next season, the Die Werkself want to provide a new deal that removes the ridiculously low release clause and ties down his future to the club.
There is an air of optimism surrounding Leverkusen officials that Brandt and his representatives will put pen to paper on a new deal in the next few weeks or months.
Leverkusen’s general manager, Jonas Boldt, said: “We believe there is a chance he will stay.”
Brandt’s father also shared the same belief as his son’s current club, adding: “Julian’s goal is to play in Europe again next season with Bayer. Julian doesn’t feel he has outgrown Bayer.”
This will come as a blow to Jürgen Klopp who had been a long-term admirer of his fellow countryman. The Reds had previously been interested in signing Brandt last summer before settling on Mohamed Salah.