Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze has confirmed they have tabled an offer to Ilkay Gundogan and intend to finalise his future as soon as possible.
The 23-year-old’s future has been uncertain all season because he delayed contract negotiations until after he recovered from a back injury that has kept him out of action all season.
Gundogan’s current Dortmund deal expires next summer so if he were to not sign a new contract, he would be free to speak to other clubs this summer but negotiations are now once again underway.
“We would like to prolong with Ilkay; he has an offer on the table,” Watzke told Sport Bild.
“The decision will certainly not wait until the summer.
“We absolutely do not see the need to sell players who have an existing contract.”
Prior to his injury, Gundogan was one of Europe’s most coveted young midfielders and was considered a focal point for German national team too.
Although his injury has forced him to hit the reset button, he has plenty of time to recapture the form that made him such a highly regarded player.
However, Dortmund have begun the process of trying to get Gundogan to sign a new deal and if he puts pen to paper, Manchester United will have to look elsewhere for a midfielder.