Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been scared off Ilkay Gundogan due to his massive wage demands.
Bild in Germany report that Barcelona and Bayern can not justify spending the €20 million asking price along with a speculated €10 million per year on wages, which works out in excess of €200,000 per week, and have pulled out of the race to land the midfielder.
Other reports from Kicker in Germany follow suit and suggest Bayern have indeed been put off by Gundogan’s substantial wage demands.
The German midfielder will leave Dortmund this summer and a host of clubs including Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern have all been linked with him.
Gundogan has one year to run on his current contract with Dortmund and is set to leave the club following a spate of injuries that ruled him out for much of last season and all of the season before. He missed 14 months with a compression of the spine that took a long time to diagnose and remedy.
Manchester United were reportedly close to landing Gundogan and now must be leading the race for the German international as one of the only clubs with the financial capability and necessity for such a player.
United have been linked with several midfielders in recent months and transfer windows but Gundogan will certainly leave Dortmund this summer. He has to go somewhere and has the ability to excel at Old Trafford.
If Van Gaal is willing to take the risk, Gundogan could be the missing piece to his midfield and with Gundogan returning to international duty and seeming to have his injuries behind him, it could be a risk worth taking.
From Dortmund’s perspective, they will need to find a middle ground because if clubs are pulling out of any moves to sign Gundogan because of his wage demands, they will be left between a rock and a hard place having already confirmed he’s leaving this summer.
A suitor has to be found and if Gundogan is refusing to lower his wage demands, then Dortmund may potentially have to lower his price to force through a move.