Tottenham Hotspur are one of a number of clubs scouting 20-year-old (21 in May) Bayer Leverkusen left-sided midfield player Julian Brandt. The British press are of course talking up a deal where it looks as though none is possible, at least until the summer and maybe even not then.
Brandt has a clause in his contract that can be triggered in 2018 allowing him to leave for £17.36 million (€20m - AUS$28.57m - US$21.12m). Cologne sporting director, former German international Rudi Voller has told German paper Bild that Brandt will not be allowed to leave in the summer.
"It's not an issue that we give him away. Anyway, he can't get out of his contract."
He is managed by his father who has said they will sit down with Bayer Leverkusen and discuss the situation, Brandt wants his future sorted out and is no doubt using the leverage of interest from other clubs to ask for a hefty wage increase.
He has started 7 games on the left of midfield, notching 3 goals and 2 assists, 5 games as a substitute providing 2 assists, 5 games from the right of midfield, 3 games as a centre-forward, providing 2 assists, 1 as an winger on the right (he is right-footed), 1 as an inverted winger from the left.
According to Whoscored, their algorithms have him as a poor defender and a player who loses the ball too much, listing his strengths as through balls, dribbling, key passing, passing and direct free-kicks, although none of those he is listed as being very strong at.
While there is plenty of talk of Liverpool, Brandt has told Bild that he would be happy to reject a second advance from Bayern Munich to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.
"I would not be scared to dismiss Bayern [Munich] for a second time. The same goes for other clubs, too. Of course [a new Leverkusen deal] is possible. I feel very comfortable here and I know what I've got here. We're constantly in good talks.
"If it were up to me, the summer would be the right time to reveal a decision. I don't want to deal with this forever. It gets annoying and performances will suffer because of it."