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Ilkay Gundogan delays contract talks with Borussia Dortmund

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Ilkay Gundogan has stalled contract talks with Borussia Dortmund as reports of interest from Arsenal and Manchester United refuse to go away, according to talkSPORT.

Citing German newspaper Bild, the British website believes the midfielder has decided to temporarily halt talks over a contract extension to explore his options. Gundogan's current deal with the Bundesliga club expires in June 2016, leaving them vulnerable to losing him for nothing.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both been accredited with an interest in the same report, with summer bids of £16 million possible. However, if Gundogan fails to agree a new contract, they could be able to negotiate an even lower fee.

Premier League interest

Gundogan has been working his way back to fitness this season after missing the best part of 15 months with a recurring back problem. Before he suffered that injury he was one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe, but he is yet to rebuild that stellar reputation.

That hasn't stopped Arsene Wenger, however, with The Mirror reporting in January that the Gunners had made the 24-year-old one of his top priorities. A deal in the January transfer window was never likely, but a summer bid is more than likely.

Alternative options

Arsenal are believed to be chasing a deep-lying midfielder this summer and have also been linked with Morgan Schneiderlin in recent weeks. The Southampton man would come with a wealth of Premier League experience, but has not yet proven himself in the Champions League like Gundogan.

Manchester United are also chasing a defensive midfielder with Kevin Strootman thought to be Louis van Gaal's top priority. However, Strootman has had injury problems of his own over the last 18 months and has yet to make a complete comeback for AS Roma.

Where should he go?

Jurgen Klopp has stuck by Gundogan through his injury problems and decided against signing a replacement when his long-term future was in doubt. His team-mate Marco Reus has recently committed to the club and Gundogan should be thinking of doing the same.

Moving to the Premier League before he gets his way back to full health will be tremendous risk for his career. The Borussia Dortmund medical staff are best placed to keep him fit and moving in the right direction.

Once Gundogan is back to his best, he could then ask for a move. His club could get the best possible fee and everyone leaves happy.

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