Bayern Munich are ready to try and sign a third Borussia Dortmund player in 12 months in the form of Ilkay Gundogan, reports German newspaper Focus.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently admitted that they will continue to try and take their rivals' players after the signing of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.
Following that admission, the Bavarian giants have been linked with a move for Gundogan, who has also been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United in the past.
Their interest follows the increasing speculation that Toni Kross is considering a move to Old Trafford with David Moyes ready to offer him a huge £250,000-a-week contract.
It leaves Bayern Munich hunting for potential midfield reinforcements should they have to sell Kroos in the summer, whose contract expires in the summer of 2015.
That may have forced Pep Guardiola to look into a potential move for Gundogan, who, like Kroos, is also out of contract in 2015.
The irony is that Manchester United were thought to be strong favourites to sign Gundogan in the summer, with a reported bid of £25m enough to convince Jurgen Klopp to part with the German midfielder.
The Daily Star reported that Gundogan was one of the few players Moyes was confident of adding to his line up in what should be a busy summer of spending for Manchester United.
However, with Bayern Munich on the prow, Gundogan could be swayed to stay in the Bundesliga, knowing that Champions League football and domestic silverware is a virtual guarantee at the Allianz Arena.
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