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Ilkay Gundogan next for Borussia Dortmund contract talks

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Borussia Dortmund are desperate to capitalise on the wave of positive momentum created by securing the future of forward Marco Reus, both on and off the pitch.

That means Dortmund chiefs are ready to enter contract talks with another top star consistently linked with Europe's top clubs in Ilkay Gundogan, a man who continues to be monitored closely by both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Gundogan's current contract expires at the end of next season, which means unless Dortmund can persuade the clever midfielder his long-term future lies at the Westfalen he'll be available at a bargain price tag this summer.

Dortmund's next transfer priority

Following last week's vital 4-2 win over Mainz club CEO Hans Joachim Watzke was asked about Gundogan's future by Bild, responding: "Michael Zorc (Dortmund sporting director) will certainly address the issue in the coming weeks."

Dortmund will be confident of keeping Gundogan in the Bundesliga, primarily because an injury-ravaged year has seen the German international's stock plummet in comparison to this time 12 months ago.

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Answer to United's midfield problems?

Bild believe that Gundogan's 14-month spell on the sidelines with a career-threatening back problem has scared off former suitors Real Madrid completely. The Spanish giants were widely believed to have reached a pre-contract agreement with Gundogan off the back of his scintillating form during Dortmund's run to the Champions League final.

That seems like a lifetime ago for the playmaker, but that doesn't mean his supreme technical qualities don't still interest other clubs on the continent.

United always seem to be the first club mentioned when it comes to Dortmund's top stars, but now that Gundogan has managed to start seven of his side's last nine Bundesliga games he's surely worth a look for a side with problems in that important central position.

United need an energetic midfielder in his mould

At his best the 24-year-old is a tenacious, hard-working midfielder with energy to end product in the final third.

Equally importantly he could be available at a significantly reduced price if he snubs talks on new terms with Dortmund, making him all the more appealing in terms of a punt for Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

Arsenal look fully stocked in his favourite position but it's a very different story at United, which means if the likes of Paul Pogba and Kevin Strootman continue to be unattainable they should give a formal offer for Gundogan some serious consideration.

Man United fans, would you be happy to see Gundogan arrive at Old Trafford this summer or should Van Gaal set his sights higher? Have your say in the comment box below...

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