Ilkay Gundogan has indicated that a move to Manchester United in the future is still very much on.
The 22-year-old central midfielder has been tipped with a high profile move to the Premier League champions this summer and while he’s admitted it won’t happen this year, it could very much happen in the future.
Gundogan is one of the younger players who has been creating an impressive reputation for himself in Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund which seems to have triggered United into targeting him as a replacement for Paul Scholes.
However, he has a little more loyalty than Mario Gotze or Robert Lewandowski which means if that’s a move which is going to happen then United will have to sit back and wait.
“Next season I will definitely play for Borussia Dortmund. Where do we go then, you will see - Everyone has a childhood dream on what he would like to achieve on day and my dream always was to play in England or Spain,” he told Kicker.
Indeed back in 2011 he described Manchester United as a 'dream club' in an interview.
So United could tempt him into a move to England but the point is whether they should run the risk and wait just to sign him.
The obvious worry in doing that for David Moyes is that the team will fall way behind their Premier League rivals and could potentially miss out on several key signings in the process.
They could fall behind because Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and others are always looking for ways to improve their playing squads.
United definitely need another body in the middle of their side and they can’t afford to pass up the chance to sign someone who could be very beneficial for them, while they wait for Gundogan’s contract or loyalties to run down.
They could also miss out on younger players, the sort of players that form each generation of the Manchester United team.
That could lead David Moyes into making hasty decisions when it comes to his younger players, drafting in players at the last minute who may not be good enough to form the basis of the next great Manchester United team.
There is also no guarantee that United will sign Gundogan when he does become available in maybe two or three years time, so for now it is sensible to plan very much without him.
A lot of clubs seem to have been alerted by his interest but in terms of English clubs, they probably just have the edge over any other side taking a look at him.
If there is big interest from Spain then it could be more difficult but they should be optimistic that he’s not closed the door on a possible United move, but it’s important United don’t become blinkered by the possibility of his transfer.
But in future years, Gundogan the Red Devil may just be a possibility.
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