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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has suffered his first failure of the summer transfer window by making a last-ditch move for Julian Brandt, according to MEN
The report claims United were told that the Germany international had already agreed to join Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund pulled off a transfer coup on Wednesday, snatching gifted international midfielder Julian Brandt from the grasp of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Brandt, 23, lured from Bayer Leverkusen, joins new signing Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, at the club who also snapped up German international defender Nico Schulz, in a transfer blitz.
Brandt, already an established international with 24 caps, signed a five-year, £21m deal ($27.9 million) that will keep him at Dortmund until 2024, the club said on its website.
Despite the attention of Bayern Munich, Brandt said he followed his gut in joining ambitious Dortmund.
“I am someone who sometimes follows his instincts and for me a good feeling is important,” he said. “And I had a good feeling about Borussia Dortmund.”
The club finished just two points behind Bayern in a tense end to a brilliant title battle. Brandt said he was drawn by the fact that Dortmund would be fighting to go one better next season.
“I want to progress and Dortmund just missed the title, so there is room for progress,” he said.
Club sports director Michael Zorc paid tribute to Brandt as a “professional with a lot of room for development.”