Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have completed the signature of Germany youngster, Julian Brandt from Bayern Leverkusen with a sum in the neighbourhood of €25 million.
Brandt who has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid has opted to remain in Germany and join Dortmund who are understood to have triggered a release clause in his contract.
Brandt, 23 has made a total of 215 appearances for Bayern Leverkusen and in that time scored 42 goals and set up 51.
The midfielder has been instrumental to Leverkusen’s Champions League qualification with coach, Peter Bosz having moved him to play in a more central position.
Brandt becomes Dortmund’s third signing in the summer transfer window with the club also announcing the signing of Thorgan Hazard earlier in the day.
“I am someone who sometimes follows his gut feeling,” Brandt said.
“And I have a very good feeling with Borussia Dortmund. I want to continue my personal development.
“That’s one of the main reasons for the transfer. BVB just narrowly missed out on the title last season. There’s room for improvement. I am hoping for great things here.”
Michael Zorc, Dortmund sporting director said there was still a lot of potential to develop in Julian Brandt despite having played in the Bundesliga for a long time and represented his club in both national and International levels.
“Even though Julian has played in Bundesliga for such a long time and has a lot of experience both on an international and national level, at 23, he is still a young pro with a lot of potential to develop further,” he said.
“He’s a versatile attacking player and will enrichen our game.”
Dortmund who were Bundesliga runners-up said they were ready to break Bayern Munich’s seven year dominance of the German football next term.