Arsenal are ready to rival Manchester United for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan this summer, with the German international ready to leave the Signal Iduna Park,.
That’s according to German publication Bild, who claim that the Gunners are one of an additional three clubs keeping tabs on the 24-year-old. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are also mentioned as being suitors now, with it being inferred that if he is to leave Dortmund it will be for an overseas club.
And that could very well be his motive come the end of the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s confirmed exit from the club opening the door for an exodus of top players. Teammate Mats Hummels has been the player most frequently mentioned in the same breathe as the words ‘big transfer move’, but Gundogan won’t be far behind him in the stakes.
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That Arsenal and United are set to compete for the latter man is testament to how his reputation is still intact despite a long layoff with injury. At Old Trafford he could be purchased with a view to eventually taking over from Michael Carrick as the sides primary, deep-lying playmaker, whereas at Arsenal he might be a nifty alternative to Morgan Schneiderlin.
In any case his current contract in Germany is poised to expire next summer, leaving his club with little choice but to seek a sale lest they want to risk losing him for free. Given that chiefs must already have resigned themselves to having to undertake a large-scale transition there shouldn’t be too much standing in the way of a deal being made, although the German giants will hold out for a maximum sum.
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That obstacle won’t be enough to deter either Premier League club given their respective financial backings, so unless Arsene Wenger or indeed Louis van Gaal decide there is better to be found elsewhere, a deal is certainly feasible.
Finding players more suited to the English game might not to be too difficult, particularly for Arsenal, who have been linked with Southampton duo Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama for some time now.
The latter was caught up in a storm of controversy last week after reportedly declaring his knowledge that Wenger wanted him, whilst the former is known to be keen to play in the Champions League.
Arsenal fans, who should Wenger recruit for the midfield? Is Gundogan the man? Let uis know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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