The latest from Germany suggests Bayern Munich have completely pulled out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan.
Bild.de reports that a combination of factors, including big wage demands and Bayern’s board being split over whether he would be a good signing, were compounded by Gundogan’s indifferent performance in the DFB Pokal final this weekend which Borussia Dortmund lost to Wolfsburg.
The 24-year-old is definitely leaving Dortmund this summer and both Bayern and Manchester United were considered the most likely clubs for him to join. Now that Bayern have decided not to follow through on any deal for Gundogan, it puts United in the driving seat.
Gundogan is an available, right-sided, defensive minded midfielder who is very much in the mold of a player who is natural to the No.6 role which Van Gaal is so keen to strengthen.
Der Westen in Germany are still convinced Old Trafford is where Gundogan will end up and are continuing to report that a deal is already largely in place for him to join Van Gaal’s side.
With Bayern out of the equation, United would have a free run at Gundogan which would certainly make negotiations easier but it all boils down to whether Van Gaal sees him as the No.6 signing he is craving for balance in his team.