Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has completely denied there is any deal in place for Ilkay Gundogan to join Manchester United or that there has been any contact at all.
Sky Sports in Germany broke the story last night saying Gundogan was close to agreeing a deal with United but it has been challenge by Watzke’s comments.
Those reports have been followed up today and the latest suggestion is that a £21.5m deal is now nearing completion.
Speaking about the reports, Watzke insisted Dortmund would open talks with Gundogan over an exit if that’s what he wanted but said those talks hadn’t even taken place either.
“If Ilkay tells us he doesn’t want to extend, then we’ll sit down and discuss it. But that hasn’t happened yet,” Watzke said.
“Media has to be careful. I’m not trying to be rude, but they can’t jump on everything they hear as they did yesterday.”
In the same fashion as Watzke warns the press about the validity of their reports, Dortmund’s denial is standard practice when it comes to transfers. As an example, Man United vehemently denied any interest in Juan Mata not long before his move was announced.
German football correspondent Raphael Honigstein gave his own insight into the current situation and intimated that Gundogan would be able to negotiate a deal himself as United are willing to meet Dortmund’s price.
BVB saying on & off the record no deal done. But as IG will be sold, he can basically do the deal himself, within transfer fee parameters
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) April 25, 2015
All in all, there are lots of reputable sources within Germany and England who claim Gundogan to United is a transfer which looks on. Gundogan was left out of Dortmund’s squad this weekend through illness which won’t help speculation slow down.