Barcelona join Liverpool in the race for Ilkay Gundogan

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Barcelona have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Borussia Dortmund's star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to

The report suggest this would be Barcelona's second attempt to lure the German international away from the Westfalenstadion, as the Spanish giants were chasing him in 2013.

Unfortunately for both sides, Gundogan picked up a back injury then, which kept him on the sidelines for over a year and scuppered the potential deal.


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Gundogan's nasty injury eventually forced Barca to turn their attention to the likes of Atletico Madrid's Koke, PSG's Marco Veratti and Juventus's midfield sensation Paul Pogba. However, considering all three players are currently valued at €60 million each and the fact Gundogan's contract expires in 2017, he looks like the most realistic option for the Catalans.

The combative midfielder was also on the verge of joining the Premier League and still being chased by United and Liverpool. It is believed both sides are still keen to tempt him with a big-money move to England, as the Reds' new manager Jurgen Klopp is eager for a reunion with one of his favourites of the last few seasons.

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However, Barca's sporting director Ariedo Braida was spotted at the Weserstadion at the weekend to watch Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 3-1, the Spanish club are now considered as the front-runners for Gundogan's signature.

Gundogan has been a key figure in Dortmund's impressive start of the season, scoring two goals and providing five assists in all competitions.

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