Dortmund’s asking price for Brandt leaves Arsenal in dilemma over transfer plans

Arsenal have been told the asking price for Julian Brandt by Borussia Dortmund.

Amid the continued exodus of Mesut Ozil, the Gunners are in the market for an attacking midfielder as they try to find a solution to the goal drought of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are likely to be considering their options as the January transfer window gets underway, and their list is said to also include Emiliano Buendia of Norwich.

Having now been told the asking price for the Germany international, they could snub their potential Championship raid and aim for Bundesliga veteran Brandt.

Football.London have reported that Dortmund are ready to cash in on the 24-year-old, and are looking for an affordable fee in the region of £22.5m.

They add that Norwich would demand more for their star playmaker, who has Premier League experience.

Dortmund chief Michael Zorc told Bild when asked about Brant: “My years of activity have taught me that I don’t rule anything out at the beginning of a transfer period.”

With Norwich boss Daniel Farke saying of Buendia: “Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group and he is totally committed to us.

“He is our player and will continue to be our player – he is on a long-term contract with the club [until 2024] so we will keep him.

“Everyone knows his qualities – and I don't expect interest just because he scored a wondergoal today. He has scored a number like this for us and people know what he can do.”

Arteta has insisted that the club will be more focuses on outgoing deals this month, with William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac already leaving on temporary deals.

"We have a large squad and we knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer, we cannot accomplish for different reasons,” he said.

"There are some players that are going to go on loan and going to leave and that is the priority at the moment.

“We cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions and we are looking to do that, and then we will see if we have the right opportunity in the positions where we need some more help."

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