Borussia Dortmund to step on Manchester United's toes?

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Could Borussia Dortmund's money pot see them throw a spanner into the works of Manchester United's transfer plans?

The sale of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich could have far-reaching effects for the Premier League, at least in terms of the summer transfer market.

How Dortmund will spend the 37 million Euros they received for their 20-year-old playmaker is currently the subject of much debate.

There may be a fair few clubs fretting about the knock-on effects, that their plans are about to be derailed, especially as Dortmund are likely to receive in the region of 25 million Euros for striker Robert Lewandowski, wherever he lands up.

Reports in Portugal this weekend have signaled worry for Manchester United, with the news that James Rodriguez is on their shopping list.

Portuguese paper A Bola has claimed that the Bundesliga club and Champions League semi-finalists are watching the Colombian winger.

Rodriguez has been linked with United ever since last summer, and is seen as a credible and exciting replacement for Nani, expected to depart the Red Devils this summer with just a year remaining on his contract.

It has been reported that Dortmund sent scouts over to Portugal to watch Rodriguez, and star striker Jackson Martinez, who has been in sensational form this season.

The pair are seen as direct replacements for Gotze and Lewandowski, and would cost a huge amount, but Dortmund could certainly make it happen, all within the remit of any Financial Fair Play arrangements to be incoming in future seasons.

At present it's too early to say if such talk is reliable, Dortmund have been linked with a number of players since selling Gotze, from Kevin de Bruyne to Julian Draxler, and are probably not entirely set on their targets just yet.

If United are keen on Rodriguez and planning to bring him in, this news may just see them accelerate their plans to ensure they are not outbid or caught napping.


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