Borussia Dortmund have moved to deny reports that Manchester United have agreed a deal with the Bundesliga club to sign Ilkay Gundogan this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sport News HD in Germany, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc flatly denied the speculation that Gundogan had agreed a move to Louis van Gaal’s side.
Reports in Germany and England on Friday night claimed that the Old Trafford club had clinched a €30m deal for the 24-year-old German international.
However, Zorc now states that this is most definitely not the case.
"Usually we won't comment on these countless rumours, but this story is so grotesque, and that's why we say this once: There is no signature, there is no offer, no request, and not even any contact,” Zorc said.
"My last contact with Manchester United, and I say this openly and honestly, took place in November 2014 and was about something else entirely.”
That contact may have been regarding Mats Hummels, another Dortmund player that Manchester United are reportedly interested in.
Van Gaal’s side are expected to be extremely active in the summer transfer window, with defence and midfield a priority for the Dutch manager.
Gundogan has struggled with injury problems in his career to date, but is young, talented and an ideal fit for van Gaal’s pass-first philosophy.
What do you think Manchester United fans - will Gundogan move to Old Trafford this summer or not? Do you think he'd be a good signing?