Sometimes what you think is a last resort ends up being the best possible scenario. Such could be the case with Manchester United if – having missed out on Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas – they sign Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.
The 22-year-old is the latest midfielder to be linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford, for a reported fee of around £20million.
Of course the reports could simply be a way of hastening a decision from Barcelona over Fabregas. But in truth, the signing of Gundogan could set United on the way to a very successful new era.
The German international is a different player to the more attack-minded duo previously linked with United. And yet with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Nick Powell already on the club’s roster, and with Shinji Kagawa just a regular starting birth away from becoming a club legend, Gundogan’s ability to control a midfield from more defensive areas could make him United’s less heralded but no less talented crown jewel.
Of course the fact that he is that good suggests Jurgen Klopp will not sell him; just look at his refusal to part with Robert Lewandowski despite the striker entering the last year of his contract. But United are reportedly considering an offer.
They might as well…eventually someone will say yes.
From saying yes to saying no: with the club reinforcing their desire to keep Wayne Rooney by plastering his face and comeback date all over their Twitter page.
By so emphatically declaring his return to action on August 6 against AIK Stockholm, it is clear the club have moved away from simply saying he is not for sale. They are now letting social media do the talking.
And finally, another United striker has been linked with the exit, with Javier Hernandez a reported loan target for Valencia.
No, we can’t see it happening either. The prolific Mexican is far too important to the champions for any move to be sanctioned, especially on loan.
And many believe he is destined for his best season at Old Trafford with David Moyes known to be a huge fan.
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