Liverpool's hopes of completing a summer move for Julian Brandt have been dashed after Bayern Munich reportedly secured a deal to sign him.
Germans newspaper Bild has claimed that the German giants' offer of 30m euros (£25.5m) has been accepted by Brandt's current club Bayer Leverkusen and, if the rumour proves to be true, it would be a second successive transfer blow in as many days to Jurgen Klopp's Anfield-based side.
Liverpool had already seen one long-term target - Mahmoud Dahoud - agree to join Borussia Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday, and Brandt's supposedly impending move to the reigning Bundesliga champions throws another spanner in the works over Klopp's plans ahead of the close season.
The Reds had been linked with a move for the 20-year-old since the 2016 summer transfer window, and reports over the past few months had indicated that Klopp was moving closer towards a decision to make an offer for Brandt's services.
The German boss has aims of significantly strengthening his first-team squad on Merseyside in both attack and defence, and Brandt's superb performances for Leverkusen had made him a likely transfer target for Liverpool once the 2016/17 campaign ends.
Those attempts now appear to have been scuppered, though, with Bayern beating Liverpool to the punch. Brandt will, naturally, have to successfully negotiate personal terms with Carlo Ancelotti's side before any move is finalised but, with Bayern looking the more likely of the two clubs to play in next season's Champions League, a switch to the Allianz Arena is looking more plausible than a move to the Premier League.
Brandt has been in good form for Leverkusen despite the club's struggles in Germany's top flight. Die Werkself currently find themselves languishing in 11th place, but may yet finish in the top half of the Bundesliga with nine matches left to go.
Brandt, who is adept at playing on either wing or a secondary striker, has bagged three goals and seven assists in 32 appearances this term, and has featured 125 times for Leverkusen since he made his senior bow in February 2014.
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