German football expert Raphael Honigstein writes for ESPN that Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are the ‘most likely contenders’ to sign Julian Brandt this summer.

Now that the Premier League season is over and the only game remaining for the Reds is the Champions League final, transfer speculation will soon begin in earnest.

There has already been an increase in the number of rumours going around but Raphael Honigstein’s claim that Liverpool are among front-runners to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt are fairly believable.

Julian Brandt.

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Liverpool tried to sign the German international in 2017 but were ultimately unsuccessful as Julian Brandt was unwilling to jeopardise his bid to travel with the national team to the 2018 World Cup, according to the Echo.

 

Honigstein now writes for ESPN that the 23-year-old could relocate this summer and that it’s between Liverpool and Dortmund to fight for his signature.

He indicates that there is a €25million release clause in his Leverkusen deal and it would certainly be one of the more impressive moves from Michael Edwards if he managed to convince the German to move to Anfield.

Julian Brandt

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As Honigstein points out, Brandt is easily worth €50million (£43.2m) in the current transfer market.

The playmaker has scored nine goals this season and has assisted a further 12 for his teammates in the Bundesliga.