Arsenal will rival Barcelona for the signature of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, reports the Daily Star.
The 23-year-old Germany international has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, following a series of scintillating performances for the Bundesliga giants.
Gundogan played an influential role in Jurgen Klopp's side, during their run to the 2013 Champions League final, and has attracted a growing list of admirers from a number of top clubs around Europe.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to add the midfield maestro to his Emirates Stadium ranks, as he looks to strengthen the north London club's bid for the Premier League title this season.
However, Arsenal will face stiff competition from Barcelona, after Gerardo Martino identified Gundogan as the natural successor to Xavi Hernandez at Camp Nou.
At 33, the Spanish star is approaching the end of his illustrious career, and the Catalan club hope that a bid in the region of £25million will be enough to convince Dortmund to sell another of their star players.
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