Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan will still consider a summer switch to the Emirates Stadium as long as Arsenal submit a suitable offer for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
The Daily Mirror cites a report in German newspaper Sport Bild which claims the Germany international is keeping his options open ahead of the transfer window, but is certain to leave Signal Iduna Park before the start of next season.
Gundogan refused to sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga giants and with just 12 months remaining on his current deal left the club with no choice but to cash-in, or else risk losing the player on a Bosman free transfer in 2016.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been frequently linked with a prospective move for the 24-year-old as he looks to strengthen his midfield department at Old Trafford, while Bayern Munich are also mooted as admirers.
Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze both swapped the Westfalenstadion for the Allianz Arena in recent years, and there was a growing belief that Gundogan could follow in their footsteps and join up with Pep Guardiola's squad.
However, Arsenal remain very much in the frame for the player's signature as long as they keep up their end of the bargain by meeting Dortmund's valuation.
A couple of days ago The Guardian reported that Gundogan has in fact held talks with Catalan giants Barcelona about a prospective move to Camp Nou, with quotes in Spanish newspaper Marca attributed to the player confirming that he's "open to all possibilities".
Gundogan made 23 league appearances for Dortmund in 2014/15 after returning from an injury that ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last summer, but after manager Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the club he decided to follow suit.
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