Borussia Dortmund are willing to sell Ilkay Gundogan for a significantly reduced price this summer following a season on the sidelines, reports local Dortmund newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
The German midfielder hit the headlines last season, performing admirably for Jurgen Klopp's men in their Champions League run to the final, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
However, Gundogan has only played one Bundesliga game this season as a niggling back injury continues to keep him on the sidelines. That has not stopped the transfer rumour mill though and he continues to be linked with a move away from Westfalenhallen.
Manchester United have been amongst the most prominent club linked with a move for Gundogan, with David Moyes keen to rebuild the team in what promises to be an unprecedented summer of spending at Old Trafford.
Reports suggested that Gundogan could cost Moyes as much as £25m, but Dortmund are ready to ditch that price tag in an effort to sell the injury-stricken star this summer.
Not only has Gundogan missed the entire season, he also only has one year to run on his contract and Dortmund officials have failed to convince the player to sign an extension.
Dortmund are already reeling from the fact that they are losing star striker Robert Lewandowski for free thanks to an expiring contract and do not want a similar situation to occur with Gundogan.
As a result, Manchester United will be given the chance to sign the player for much less than the original asking price with some suggesting the fee could be as low as £15m.
That would be a significant saving for Moyes, who was keen on Gundogan when the price was a £25m. However, the Manchester United manager has since turned his attention to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, but would require a transfer bid up to £40m to convince the Bavarians to sell.
Dortmund's reduction in value will be significant news for Moyes, who may also have to beat off interest from Real Madrid if they are to sign Gundogan.
Los Blancos have also been linked with an interest in Gundogan in the past as they look for a long-term successor to Xabi Alonso. Barcelona also had an interest in Gundogan but must now re-evaluate their options following their transfer embargo.
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