Manchester United lead race for Arsenal target

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Manchester United are leading the race to sign highly-rated Arsenal target Ilkay Gundogan this summer, according to reports.

The Daily Star claims the Red Devils are in 'pole position' to bring the player to England at the end of the season, although it will cost £25million for the privilege.

That's a fee that has come down from last summer and January, with Gundogan out of contract at Borussia Dortmund in 15 months.

David Moyes is eager to add to his midfield options this summer, according to the report, with Marco Reus and Toni Kroos also on the radar of the Manchester United manager.

However, Champions League football may not be on offer for any new arrivals at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils well off the top four pace in the Premier League.

Whilst Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger might still have that card up his sleeve, it doesn't appear to be an advantage - if the reports are to be believed.

The Gunners already have a number of Germans on the books at the Emirates Stadium, with Mesut Ozil joining Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski last summer.

Landing the coveted 23-year-old appears to be a long-shot for Arsenal though, and Wenger may need to set his transfer sights elsewhere.

Winning the race for Gundogan would be a transfer coup for Manchester United, and a boost at a time when little else appears to be going the way of the fading champions.

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