Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has hinted he could leave the Bundesliga giants, alerting big clubs around the world to his potential availability including Manchester United.
Gundogan missed 14 months due to a serious back injury which has plagued him at various parts of his career, meaning he missed the whole of the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign as well as Germany’s World Cup success in Brazil.
Given the current injury issues at the club, United would want to be thorough in their knowledge of Gundogan’s situation should they decide to make a move for the talented midfielder.
Quotes appeared in the Daily Mail this week from the player himself speaking about an offer from Real Madrid and his ambition to play in either Spain or England during his career.
“Real Madrid made an offer for me but my club refused it,” the Germany international says.
“At the time I had two more seasons on my contract. But also, my injury wrecked everything. I couldn’t play for 14 months.
“Now I want to look forward and make up for lost time with sporting success. Playing outside Germany is one of my big goals. If one day I leave here, I’d like to play in Spain or for one of the big teams in England.”
Given the recruitment of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind during the summer and the seemingly imminent move for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, it would be a surprise if the club made a move for Gundogan at this moment in time.
But Gundogan’s latest quotes will certainly have alerted Louis van Gaal to his availability and should a move for Strootman not go through, the midfielder would certainly be a good addition to the squad if he can overcome the injury issues that have affected his career to date.