Gundogan, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has long been on the Reds’ radar and is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders in Europe, the sort of player United have been crying out for for the past five-six seasons.
Having lost Robert Lewandowski for free to Bayern Munich less than six months after selling Mario Gotze to their hated rivals, Dortmund are determined to hold on to their midfielder and have opened talks with the 23-year-old, hoping he’ll sign a new deal and remain at the Westfalenstadion, rather than becoming the latest illustrious name on the departure list.
According to Bild (the link, unfortunately, is in German) should Gundogan refuse to extend his deal, Dortmund would be prepared to sell this summer to avoid losing the player for free, which has put United and Real Madrid on alert and both clubs have also tabled offers for the midfielder – both offers are, apparently, offers made to the player, rather than to the club.
“I will soon make a decision that will be well considered,” said Gundogan “It’s still really open.”
The Spanish club involvement doesn’t bode well for the prospect of seeing Gundogan wearing Red next season, as earlier this week Karim Benzema had emerged as a possible replacement for Robert Lewandowski, which could tempt Dortmund into a deal, not to mention that Madrid’s future looks a lot more successful than United’s at the moment.