Bayern Munich have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Ilkay Gundogan this summer, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder that's also attracted interest from Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.
According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola wants to take the Turkish-born Germany international to the Allianz Arena, and is ready to meet the £20 million valuation that's reportedly needed to secure his signature.
Gundogan's future at Signal Iduna Park has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks. With just over 12 months remaining on his current deal he's shown no sign of penning an extension with the Bundesliga giants so far.
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And, following confirmation that manager Jurgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the season there's a growing feeling that the 24-year-old will follow suit in pursuit of a new challenge for the 2015/16 campaign.
A decision regarding Gundogan's future is expected to be announced on Friday, after the former Nuremberg star was pressed for an answer from Dortmund officials. If he informs them of his desire to leave then it will be a case of agreeing the best possible deal with his growing list of suitors.
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Louis van Gaal has been heavily linked with a bid for the anchorman and is understood to be keen to add him to his squad at Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens. However, news of Bayern's alleged interest will be a blow to the Red Devils as they could now miss out on the player's services.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has only made a tentative enquiry as the Gunners boss doesn't fancy getting caught up in a big-money bidding war, particularly following the recent rise of Francis Coquelin at the Emirates Stadium, which could deter Arsenal from signing another defensive midfielder this summer.
Anyway, the north London outfit have asked to be kept up-to-date with regards to Gundogan's intentions, as have reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, although they are arguably the least likely destination for the player.
Gundogan was actually in action against reported suitors Bayern Munich last night, helping his current team book their place in the DFB-Pokal final following a penalty shoot-out victory over Guardiola's side.
The Bavarians actually missed all four of their spot-kicks, whereas Gundogan kept his composure to convert and help Dortmund record a 2-0 win after the match had ended 1-1 following extra-time.
However, next time the two teams meet the £4 million signing from 2011 might have switched allegiances by following in the footsteps of former team-mates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski by quitting the Westfalenstadion for Munich.
Where do you think Ilkay Gundogan will end up moving this summer? Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal or Atletico Madrid? Or will he surprise everyone and stay at Borussia Dortmund? Have your say below...
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