Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has played down speculation Julian Brandt could be set for a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal technical director Edu has made no secret of the club’s ‘need’ for an attacking ‘player with creativity’ ahead of the January transfer window and out-of-favour Dortmund man Brandt has been reportedly identified as a target, along with Isco, Marcel Sabitzer and Joan Jordan.
According to German publication BILD, talks are well underway in north London over a possible bid to sign Brandt and the versatile 24-year-old is said to be ‘tempted’ by the prospect of a switch the Emirates.
However, the Bundesliga giants are said to be reluctant to part with Brandt midway through their campaign, meaning Arsenal will likely have to wait until next summer if their interest is genuine.
Dortmund sporting director Zorc says he’s aware of the recent rumours surrounding Brant but insists the Gunners are yet to make an approach for the Germany international, who is valued at around £45million.
‘I read that too, I can’t say more about it,’ he told Kicker.
‘Nobody has contacted us and there is nothing on the table – and not even in the fax machine.’
At his press conference on Thursday, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reassured fans that he was working closely with the club over potential new arrivals this winter.
‘A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons,’ the Spaniard said ahead of his side’s trip to West Brom.
‘There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave.
‘And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them.’