Bernd Leno Hopeful of Julian Brandt Reunion at Arsenal
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Julian Brandt of Germany looks on prior to the UEFA Nations League A group one match between France and Germany at Stade de France on October 16, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed he has contacted his Germany compatriot Julian Brandt over a potential summer move to North London

Brandt, who was a former teammate of Leno's at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, had been linked with a move to The Emirates in January.

However, Mikel Arteta opted to sign Real Madrid star Martin Ødegaard instead, yet rumours of a summer move away from the Signal Iduna Park persist. 

According to Bild, via Sports Witness, Arsenal remain keen on Brandt with the 25-year-old available for a fee in the region of £17.3m. 

This comes after Bild revealed that Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc and CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke are prepared to part ways with Brandt in the upcoming transfer window. 

However, any final decision on Brandt's future will rest with incoming head coach Marco Rose, who may or may not decide to keep the attacking midfielder. 

Nevertheless, Leno remains keen on a reunion with Brandt at Arsenal and even exchanged text messages with the Dortmund star over a potential move. 

"I read the rumors with Arsenal and wrote them a few messages right away,", Leno said in an interview with German publication Sport 1. "But I don't know what is really there.

"In any case, I would be happy if he would come. Jule is a good friend, we had a very good time in Leverkusen and privately we were often out for one or two beers.

"Maybe we can experience that again in the future.

"He's also invited to my wedding, which unfortunately couldn't take place this year. We will make up for that next year."

It remains to be seen whether or not the likes of Arteta and Edu will pull the trigger on a move for Brandt, however with talks of Stan Kroenke financing a huge summer spending spree, the Gunners fans can expect a busy window.

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