Barcelona join chase for Manchester United target Gundogan

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Barcelona are believed to be interested in signing Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

22-year-old Gundogan can currently be found excelling in the Bundesliga for Jurgen Klopp's title-chasing Borussia Dortmund - a club he joined from FC Nürnberg during the summer of 2011. 

The German international's consistently strong form has seen him become the subject of intense speculation regarding his future, with Premier League champions Manchester United and La Liga giants Real Madrid both linked with potential moves for the talented midfielder. Indeed, the latter were even said to be considering a bid of £25 million for his services earlier this month.

If that wasn't quite enough competition for United and underfire boss David Moyes, it now appears as if they face a battle with Real's fiercest rivals -  Gerardo Martino's table-topping Barcelona outfit.

According to El Mundo Deportivo, the reigning La Liga champions are targeting Gundogan - along with Arsenal star Jack Wilshere and Atletico Madrid's Koke - as an apparent alternative to Sergio Busquets and a potential replacement for Cameroonian Alex Song.

Moyes will surely hope not to suffer any more blows to his faltering reputation when the transfer market re-opens for business in the new year.

With a thoroughly wretched start to the new campaign following on from a summer of disappointment on the transfer front, the unfortunate Scot will surely be looking to re-assert some form of dominance in the new year.

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