Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has confirmed he is holding talks with other clubs over a transfer this summer.
Since returning from a spinal injury sustained in August 2013 which kept him out of the game for a year, Gundogan has replicated his 2012/13 form with some impressive performances for Dortmund despite their difficult campaign.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with reports previously suggesting the two clubs were close to agreeing a fee in the region of £21.5 million in late April.
Although Gundogan didn’t go as far as to confirm what clubs he was talking to, the midfielder made it clear negotiations were already under way.
“We are holding talks yes, but no decision has been made,” he said.
“I can’t say more than that on this.
“I’ll leave it open as to whether they continue without me. Borussia Dortmund are a great team and a really good coach is coming.
“I don’t know how the team will look next season. The challenge will be to get the great potential of this team back on the pitch. We managed to do that too little during the last year.
“In some ways we’re glad this difficult season is over now.”
Gundogan has already confirmed he will leave Dortmund this year but with the likes of Man United and Bayern Munich both interested in signing him, there is certainly some competition for his signature.
Ilkay Gundogan is considered a potential long-term replacement for Michael Carrick. United are a much stronger side with the 33-year-old English midfielder in but are in desperate need of strength in depth with Champions League football likely to return to Old Trafford next year.