Manchester United are growing concerned that Ilkay Gundogan’s summer exit from Borussia Dortmund could negatively impact upon the chances of them landing priority target Mats Hummels, due to the German club’s policy of only letting one big-name leave each year.
One player policy
The past two seasons have seen Dortmund lose Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but such exits have meant that the likes of Marco Reus and Hummels, who have been pursued by many European clubs, haven’t ever come close to departing.
United though have retained a strong interest in Hummels and as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his defence the Germany star looks to be the leading candidate to join the Red Devils during the summer transfer window.
However the latest report from the Daily Mirror implies that the Manchester giants now fear Gundogan could scupper their chances, with the 24-year-old confirmed to be leaving the Signal Iduna Park when this season is finished.
Over the course of the weekend Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc issued a statement that cemented the idea that this year would be Gundogan’s last as a player for the club, declaring that the midfielder had made it known he wanted to find a new club.
With his contract set to expire in 2016 anyway Dortmund won’t be standing in his way, and Gundogan’s reputation as a gifted playmaker will almost certainly see him on the transfer list at some of the continent’s biggest sides. If he does leave though that might prevent Hummels from leaving, which could in turn directly impact upon Van Gaal’s plans.
Jurgen Klopp’s exit from Dortmund means that this summer will provide the best possible chance for United to get hold of the man they want to lead their back-line, but if they’ve already lost a key man like Gundogan the Bundesliga outfit will be extremely reluctant to entertain negotiations for their other top performers.
One way around this would be for Van Gaal and United to beat Gundogan’s suitors to the punch with an early offer for Hummels once the transfer window opens.
Spending time mulling over targets and batting back and forth with agents and representatives can be the difference between a club landing players or not - just look at David Moyes’ solitary summer window at United - and Van Gaal will be desperate to ensure he doesn’t lose the chance to land Hummels purely because he has dragged his feet.
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