Ilkay Gundogan, a reported summer transfer target for Manchester United, could see his prospective price crash significantly if he is unable to make a comeback from injury for Borussia Dortmund before the end of the season.
Gundogan has not made an appearance for Dortmund since the Bundesliga defeat of Ausburg on the opening weekend of the season, a total of 205 days, and the Germany international remains sidelined with a nerve problem in his back.
Quite understandably, however, more column inches are dedicated to the player’s contract situation rather than his injury troubles, with Manchester United and prominent others reported to monitoring his position in Dortmund.
Gundogan’s current deal expires at the end of next season and, with no clear indication that he will renew, Manchester United have been credited with interest in bringing him to Old Trafford in the next transfer window.
According to BILD, David Moyes or any other potential suitors may be able to acquire the 25-year-old at a knockdown fee, with his long-term back issues prompting his market value to decrease, while it could still plummet further.
The German newspaper reports that Gundogan had been valued at €27 million prior to his layoff, and there could potentially be a fall of more than €10 million if his problems persist. That could arrive as good news for Manchester United.
BILD have spoken to Tobias Holtkamp, chief editor of database Transfermarkt.de, who believes Gundogan’s value may follow a similar path to that of Holger Badstuber, who has seen his proposed fee drop rapidly.
“If his situation is to change anything, Gündogan’s market value, it is more than likely it will fall in the summer. His career is in jeopardy so it could fall as fast as Holger Badstuber, even though he has a different medical history,” explained Holtkamp.
“[Badstuber’s] market value fell from 22 (million euros) initially to 17 (million euros), he is currently in our database only at 10 million euros. "