Italy's Sky Sports affiliate reports that Lazio Rome maintain an active interest in acquiring Dortmund's main expendable Julian Brandt.
At present, however, it does not appear as if the Nordrhein-westfalen club is willing to budge from a transfer fee totaling €25 million.
|Diego Demme with Julian Brandt from Dortmund.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche|
Long considered a sellable asset at Germany's second-wealthiest club, it seems as if Borussia Dortmund are still not prepared to let 35-times-capped former German national team player Julian Brandt go for any less than the €25 million fee they paid Bayer 04 Leverkusen for his services in 2019.
Brandt has by no means been a disaster in his two seasons with die Schwarzgelben. He has nevertheless disappointed with long goal-scoring droughts and prolonged periods of suspect form. In the intervening two years, Brandt has lost his place on the national team and seen his market value fall from €50 to the price Dortmund seek for him today.
It is such that Sky Italy reports that, despite genuine interest from Lazio head-coach Mauricio Sarri, the Rome-based club is unlikely to conclude a transfer for the 25-year-old former Nationalmannschaft mainstay. The last time Lazio were able to conclude a transfer in that price range came twelve years ago.
Ostensibly, this does not mean that a potential move to the Premiership can be ruled out for Brandt. EPL clubs may still be able to afford him if the BVB are indeed unwilling to compromise. The latest transfermarkt update saw Brandt's market value fall further down to €20 million.