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Manchester United in two-way tussle for German international

Ilkay GundoganThe Football Transfer Tavern has been rather quiet today, but punters have been left excited by the latest news reported by Metro.

The paper reports that Manchester United have joined Real Madrid in submitting a firm offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

The 23-year-old is out of contract next summer and his current club are eager to tie him down to a new deal after seeing Mario Gotze and then Robert Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich in recent times.

Punters in the tavern are fully expecting a break up of the stellar Dortmund team that has wowed us all in the Champions League on our 72-inch plasma screen for the past two seasons or so.

United boss David Moyes is likely to face competition from Real Madrid in their pursuit for Gundogan, who is understood be valued at around £25 million by the former Bundesliga champions.

It was thought that any interest in the German international would be put on hold after he missed most of the season with a back injury, but reports from Germany suggest that this hasn’t put off potential suitors who are still looking for his signature.

Speaking to Bild, he admitted that he had not made his mind up on a possible destination, saying: “I have not made a final decision yet. BVB are the first team I am talking to.

“I will soon make a well-thought decision. But I am keeping my options open at this point.

“Borussia Dortmund have not set me an ultimatum. I am just trying to get healthy again and get back to my best form. That’s the main priority for BVB and for myself.”

Gundogan had a breakthrough year at the Westfalenstadion last term, marking a brilliant season with Jurgen Klopp’s side with the equalising goal in the Champions League Final.

It will now be interesting to see if the midfielder tries to force a move away from Dortmund with United fans in the bar holding out hope of a possible future switch to Old Trafford.

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