Manchester United’s long-standing interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan had tailed off in recent months after the midfielder delayed contract negotiations but fresh reports from The Telegraph suggest that we have already held discussions about signing him.
This week, Dortmund confirmed that they had tabled an offer for Gundogan so the negotiations have re-opened after being delayed so long because Gundogan was injured and it looks like United are at least showing interest in potentially bringing him to Old Trafford.
The Telegraph’s report said: “The club [Manchester United] have also held discussions about signing Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho – although they will not pay anywhere near the £37 million buy-out clause in the 21-year-old midfielder’s contract – and Ilkay Gündogan who has been unsettled at Borussia Dortmund.”
Jason Burt was the journalist who broke the Juan Mata story first in the national press so he is certainly a credible source and from United’s perspective, the signs certainly suggest the ball is rolling when it comes to lining up players who we could sign in the summer.
There is still every chance that Gundogan could re-sign with Borussia Dortmund and remain in Germany but with our interest in the midfielder now common knowledge, the possibility of signing him remains intact.