Manchester United will be gifted the opportunity to sign Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan this summer, despite the fact that the German international is reluctant to leave the Signal Iduna Park.
Gundogan to go
Reports on the continent suggest that Dortmund are worried about losing the midfielder for free when his contract runs out in 2016, and don’t want to risk a repeat of the scenario that saw Robert Lewandowski depart for nothing this summer.
A release clause that is said to stand at €20 million makes him a relatively cheap option for Louis van Gaal moving forward, and the player himself has stated a keen desire to play football abroad in the past.
Though Jurgen Klopp would certainly be reluctant to let him go he may not have a choice if Gundogan continues to look unlikely to put pen to paper on a new deal. With Dortmund languishing neat the bottom of the Bundesliga he hardly has the motivation to do so, although it's thought he doesn't want to turn his back on the club who have supported him throughout his various injury woes.
On to another midfielder and Van Gaal is said to have asked United’s board to give him the green light to sign Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch midfielder is wanted by Juventus as well, but his former Netherlands national team mentor clearly feels he has the advantage.
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Though an ageing option the ex-Inter Milan star, who can count the Champions League among his past successes, has vast experience at the highest level, and could be used to bolster the ranks when it comes to Van Gaal's midfield. Injuries have threatened to derail the Dutchman's plans during his maiden season at Old Trafford and so he'll no doubt have plans to supplement his squad.
- Van Gaal has admitted that he might be forced to drop captain Wayne Rooney from his starting XI at certain times this season, if he feels there isn't a balance in the squad. The Dutchman is aiming to increase Rooney's longevity by dropping him into midfield, but insisted that keeping him on the bench wasn't beyond the realms of possibility.