Real Madrid have identified Borussia Dortmund's German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as a key summer transfer target, according to reports on talkSport.
The 22 year-old, Turkish-born star had a superb 2012-13 campaign, helping Jurgen Klopp's side reach the Champions League Final, and has been muted as a possible long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso.
Gundogan, who scored Dortmund's only goal in the 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at Wembley last month, is also believed to be a target for Arsenal, as well as Pep Guardiola's Bundesliga and European champions.
The Gunners were linked with a £20m move for Gundogan earlier this month but Madrid, who know Spaniard Alonso will be 32 years old when his contract expires in 2014, are specifically on the look out for a new holding midfielder.
Turkish international Nuri Sahin already represents one ex-Dortmund midfielder in Madrid's ranks. But Sahin, who spent last season on loan with first Liverpool, and then back with Dortmund, also faces an unclear future in the Spanish capital.
Gundogan's future is further complicated by Dortmund's understandable reluctance to sell. Having already lost key playmaker Mario Gotze to fierce rivals Bayern Munich, and with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski a target for both the Bavarians and Manchester United, any further losses could greatly reduce their prospects of success.
Contract renewal negotiations are on going with Gundogan, who could yet elect to stay with Dortmund. However, his current deal expires in 2015 meaning Dortmund could have to sell now in order to get the best possible price, should the player decide he wants to leave.
The player himself has confirmed he wants to play in either La Liga or the Premier League in the future, saying to newspaper AS: "My objective is to play in Spain or England. Without a doubt, I am happy but I have a plan for my career. I do not know what will happen but what I do know is I want to play in one of those two countries."
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