Manchester United are considering a £20 million move for Ilkay Gundogan this summer after Louis van Gaal identified the Borussia Dortmund star as a potential successor to Michael Carrick at Old Trafford.
According to The Sun on Sunday, the Red Devils boss is eager to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation at Signal Iduna Park after Jurgen Klopp announced his decision to leave at the end of the season earlier this week.
Van Gaal has been happy with Carrick's form at the Theatre of Dreams this term, but the veteran midfielder has also had a number of injury problems that have curtailed his first-team involvement in 2014/15.
The 33-year-old limped out of last weekend's 4-2 Manchester derby victory late-on with a calf injury and failed to recover in time for yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Gundogan is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with the Bundesliga giants, and that's why they are ready to cash-in providing a suitor meets their valuation.
The Turkish-born Germany international could potentially play alongside Carrick in the heart of Manchester United's midfield if Van Gaal was to select two deep-lying playmakers, but the likelihood is that he'll replace the England international when his recently renewed contract expires at the end of next season.
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