Since spring 2013, Borussia Dortmund midfielder İlkay Gündoğan has been subject to plenty of transfer speculation, linking him with top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, and Chelsea seemingly almost every transfer window.
Had it not been for a rare back problem that kept him sidelined for the entire 2013/14 campaign, the 24 year-old may well have already changed colors. Instead, he not only ended up staying another season, but even extended his contract by a year until 2016 with his main priorities clearly being on spending an extra year at the club to try and recover his fitness as well as his pre-injury form.
Now, with the summer edging closer and contract talks stalled, the midfielder will likely be the subject of plenty of paper talk, and the rumor mill speculates that he may well be leaving Signal Iduna Park this summer for a club abroad, most probably in either England or Spain.
Manchester United are in need of a central midfielder with big money Ander Herrera having failed to consistently deliver the goods so far and Gündoğan may well be the man they’ll pursue for the job now with Kevin Strootman’s injury nightmares at Roma seemingly never-ending. United were already in the shop window for Dortmund’s number eight in 2013, but saw their bid turned down. Now they’ll likely be back in for him again with the big bucks as they continue their search for a player who could fill the void left after Paul Scholes’ (second) retirement two years ago.
Liverpool is another club that may be assessing Gündoğan’s contract situation at BVB, especially with the end of Steven Gerrard’s long reign at Anfield coming to an end this summer. Arsenal may also be interested with Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky not getting any younger. And you could never rule out Manchester City making a headline signing with the money they have sitting in the bank.
Over in Spain, Real Madrid may well find themselves amongst his potential suitors too as, just like United, they were also interested in signing the German international in 2013 but were turned down. With the lack of sufficient cover in their current squad for the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, which has already been exposed this season with the Croat’s long term spell on the sidelines, they could entertain the possibility of going in for Ilkay once again at a relatively cheap price in today’s market. They’ve already been in this position before regarding a German-Turk Dortmund midfielder as well. Nuri Sahin, anyone? They’ll be hoping the result will be a better one this time around though if they do indeed snap him up.
Barcelona also can’t be ruled out, even if they do currently have a transfer ban to serve until January 2016. They’re in need of a long term heir to Xavi since the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas departed Catalonia and have already underlined Gundogan as one of their prime targets for the role.
The likes of PSG, Juventus, and even a big money move with tantalizing salary figures to Russia can never be ruled out either.
Many in the Schwarzgelben camp are still confident that Gündoğan will end up following in the footsteps of German international star and teammate Marco Reus in penning a new long term deal to stay at Dortmund for the next few seasons with negotiations ongoing between him and the club’s management, but until an official announcement is done and the paperwork is complete, the speculation will only grow to lay caste over what colors Gündoğan will be wearing come the start of the 2015/16 season.
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