Arsenal on red alert as long-term transfer target Julian Brandt 'is set to leave Dortmund for just £16.5m this summer'

ARSENAL are plotting a summer transfer for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Julian Brandt, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta has spoken on the need to improve the Gunners squad, and the German has been a long-term target.

Brandt's contract with the Bundesliga outfit ends in 2024, but he is not part of the clubs plans beyond the end of the season, according to BILD.

With Dortmund keen to move on the midfielder a cut price deal of just £16.5m is expected to be enough for Arsenal to secure his services.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed another fruitful season with Dortmund, getting ten assists and seven goals in all competitions.

Arsenal already enjoy the services of one of the best playmakers in the Premier League in the form of Martin Odegaard, so competition for places would be fierce.

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Luckily, Brandt is a versatile player and has played in every forward position bar striker this season.

Arsenal are expected to sanction the sale of winger Nicolas Pepe this summer.

The £72m star unable to hit the heights he managed at Lille.

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As little as £25m is understood to be enough to sign the Ivorian.

With Arsenal set to be involved in Europe in some capacity next season, they will need a deeper squad than what they currently possess.

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Despite being just 25, he has already appeared 57 times across both the Champions League and Europa League for Bayer Leverkusen and Dortmund.

But in the meantime, Arsenal face off against West Ham later today in a pivotal match for the outcome of the top four.

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