Borussia Dortmund forward Julian Brandt suggested that he would not be joining Lazio this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster RTL (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 25-year-old German forward commented on his future and whether he’ll leave the Bundesliga club this summer.

Sure it’s nice when other clubs express interest. But, from my side, there have never been any signals and I have never asked for a transfer.

I don’t think I will play anywhere else this year.


MORE: Lazio Talent Romero Was One of the Few Bright Spots in Draw With Padova


The Biancocelesti identified Brandt as a strong option to strengthen coach Maurizio Sarri’s squad this summer, believing him to be a fit as a winger in Sarri’s 4-3-3 system.


MORE: Lazio Coach Sarri: “I’m Happy With What I’ve Seen Over the Last Few Weeks”


The Roman club will now have to focus on other targets, as it seems clear that Brandt will not be heading to the Italian capital in this transfer window.

One alternative identified by Lazio is VfL Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo, who is both cheaper and now a more accessible idea considering Brandt’s comments. The Croatian winger can be signed for less than €15 million through a loan deal with a buy option attached.