Manchester United send scouts to watch Hakan Calhanoglu and Julian Brandt – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have sent scouts to monitor the progress of Bayer Leverkusen pair Hakan Calhanoglu and Julian Brandt, according to reports. 

Calhanoglu, speaking back in November, admitted that it would be hard to turn down an offer from Jose Mourinho.

Brandt, on the other hand, has garnered the attention of various top sides after impressing with a series of crafty performances at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

And according to the Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones, club scouts have travelled to Germany to watch the pair in action.

Calhanoglu has been subject to interest from Man United for some time now. It was reported that Louis van Gaal made a late and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to sign the attacking midfielder back in 2015, and murmurs surrounding a potential move for the technically gifted, powerful midfielder – capable of playing out wide and behind the striker – have refused to die down since.

Interest in Brandt is slightly more novel. The youngster burst onto the scene this summer, acting as the creative centre-piece of a promising young German side that claimed a silver medal. His prowess on the ball notably eclipsed any other player on the pitch – more mature, more aware, always making the right decision and hardly ever losing the ball. Whether he could replicate such brilliance in the Premier League, however, remains to be seen.

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