The London giants are in the market for a new attacker in this transfer window. The Spanish manager has already scattered through many options in the market and they have renewed their interest in the services of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Julian Brandt.
Germany international was a target for the Gunners earlier in the year. But reports had died down after Arsenal managed to secure a deal for Martin Odegaard. Although the Gunners are actively trying to sign Odegaard, it appears the idea of signing Julian has once again been floated, perhaps as a cost-effective option.
Indeed, Los Blancos value Martin at €50m, which is exactly double Julian’s current valuation at Bundesliga giants. However, the 25-year-old attacker has gone through a steady decline since joining the German club in 2019.
Once regarded as the future of German football, Julian was brought in as a possible long-term replacement for Marco Reus. But in the two years, Julian has struggled to compete with the likes of Sancho, Dahoud, Hazard and Reyna for a place in the first-team, ending up becoming a bit-part footballer under Lucien Favre.
The German attacker notably played only 17 starts last campaign, scoring only two goals. His lack of consistency, therefore, makes the attacker a risky target for the Gunners, though Arsenal have entertained the same level of a gamble by also expressing the desire to add Real Madrid playmaker Isco.
It appears the Gunners are genuinely struggling to attract in-demand footballers due to the financial restraints as well as their lack of participation in European football.