Barcelona join the race to snatch €30m Manchester United target
Manchester United are reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The Daily Telegraph’s award winning writer Mark Ogden wrote recently in article that the Red Devils indeed have shown interest in him.
The 23-year-old hasn’t played a game since August and at the moment still nursing from an injury. He is one of the fine central midfielders in the world at the moment and certainly would excite the Manchester United fans.
Gundogan, whose contract runs till June 2015, has expressed his desire to stay with Dortmund but could move to foreign countries, should the contract talks doesn’t go smoothly. However, if the reports of the German press are to be believed, then there is a possibility that Gundogan might leave the club in the summer.
Catalan newspaper Sport, reported few days back that Gundogan has refused Borussia Dortmund’s latest renewal offer, with the club now looking to sell him and make a profit. The player already has a pre-contract with Real Madrid and doesn’t really want to move anywhere else.
However, there’s a new twist in the plot with Barcelona taking a more personal approach and having held meetings with the player’s father.
The Catalans see Gundogan as a possible replacement for Xavi, but this deal might prove to be impossible with the player apparently already having said ‘yes’ to Real Madrid.
Apart from the aforementioned ‘duel’ with Real Madrid for the signing of Gundogan, Barcelona have their eyes set on another Dortmund player, the mercurial German winger Marco Reus, a 22-year-old who has been slowly evolving into one of the world’s best player. The club has already held some conversations with the player’s agent according to reports and the deal could materialize next summer for a fee of around €35 million.