Borussia Dortmund make decision on Julian Brandt transfer amid Arsenal interest

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly willing to sell Julian Brandt this month, amid speculation linking the Germany international with a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners are in the market for a creative midfielder, after missing out on the signing of Houssem Aouar from Lyon in the summer and Mesut Ozil looking set to leave the club.

Brandt has emerged as a potential option for Mikel Arteta's side and, according to a report from Bild, the 24-year-old is one of two players Dortmund are open to selling.

The report states that Brandt has not hit the heights expected of him at the Signal Iduna Park and Dortmund would be open to letting him leave if they received a 'lucrative offer'.

Arsenal have already made one signing this month, bringing in teenage centre-back Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin.

Arteta has admitted that transfer negotiations will be "really complicated" as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying: "At the moment, the market is really complicated.

"The situation around every club is not easy and to get negotiations going is harder because you cannot be face-to-face, you cannot travel to another country to make a deal happen like that.

"Everything has to be through the phone or Zoom. It can go either way. I can tell you what I would like and that's from day one to have the squad that I want and the players out and in, sorted.

"I think it's really complicated right now. It's affecting everything. It's affecting the transfers, it's affecting us financially.

"As well, it's affecting some players who are here and they've been stuck for a year and they really realise they need to go back home, they need their family to be happy, they need their family next to them.

"It's a bit of a mixture. Players are experiencing different feelings that are new to them. It's why I keep insisting that this virus is about mental health, not just physically how you are feeling. Mental health is a big, big thing and we have to pay more attention to that."

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