Arsenal and Manchester United to lose £24m target to Real Madrid?

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will transfer to Real Madrid according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

A lot has been written about Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund in recent month. Unsurprisingly, if there is such a prolific, young player like Gundogan on the open market. The German international was called by German football magazine kicker after last season as world class, an unusual mention by the well respected by this publication.

As we reported earlier Manchester United and Arsenal were both linked with making official bids for the player during the summer market. And then three weeks ago rumour had it that both teams again were preparing a bid for the next transfer period. It is a strange time to target Gundogan, because he is still rehabing from a back injury. The 23-year-old has been out for month and his return to the field is still questionable and could stay that way till 2014.

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Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said to German tabloid Bild about the recovery process: “He’s just not making much progress. We do not know when he can play again.”

But Gundogan’s decent clinical record doesn’t seem to scare Real Madrid away. Spanish sport newspaper Marca reported that the Whites are bidding on the star midfielder anyway.

Heading “operation Gundogan” Marca, which is well respected for it’s Real Madrid stories and has the highest circulation in Spain, wrote:

"Real Madrid, which has been keeping tabs on the midfielder since last season, had already reached an agreement with the Dortmund president about a potential move.

"This gentleman's agreement has now been strengthened and formalised, however, during conversations between the clubs about the transfer of Nuri Sahin, which looks likely to be completed shortly."

Last Friday we reported that Dortmund’s management has three main items on their agenda:

Re-sign Sahin, Gundogan and Reus.

Now it seems that the have to sacrifice Gundogan to seal deals with Reus and Sahin.

The agreement between Real Madrid and the club from West of Germany about Gundogan reportedly took place as they were discussing the future of Nuri Sahin. The young Turkish international who was born near Dortmund and started his career at BVB in 2001 transferred to Real Madrid and is now, after a short stint at Liverpool FC, on loan at Dortmund again. Sahin and his first employer are keen to renew their employment relationship especially because Sahin failed miserably playing abroad at Real Madrid and Liverpool and Dortmund is in need of a leader in the middle of the field due to Gundogan’s absence.

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Real Madrid is keen to invest £25.06m, £1m more as Gundogan’s estimated transfer value, and Dortmund is in with £4.85m for Sahin in this swap deal. These are some very accurate numbers for a rumour. Could Arsenal and Manchester United have already lost the bidding battle for Gundogan?

Still we think that a transfer could yet unlikely. There too many arguments for Gundogan to stay put. Dortmund’s well respected manager Jurgen Klopp signed a contract extension and will coach till 2018. Dortmund is playing on a high level with Ilkay Gundogan being last year’s runners up in Champions League beating Real Madrid twice. Besides Gundogan might be perfectly happy to play professional football only a 30-minute-drive away from his hometown.

What do you think will Gundogan stay at Dortmund or transfer to Real Madrid?

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