Real Madrid have launched ‘Operation Gundogan’ according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Gundogan is one of the most talented and versatile players currently at Borussia Dortmund and despite the fact he’s currently injured, that hasn’t stopped stories about his future.
Manchester United have been linked with him as David Moyes is reportedly still keen on an injection of creativity into his midfield, while Mesut Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal has strengthened the Gunners’ German core, potentially making a move to the 23-year-old very appealing.
However, Real Madrid have apparently been working hard behind the scenes to try and give themselves an edge if Dortmund are willing to listen to offers for the star this winter or next summer.
“The club's latest manoeuvre has been attaining a preferential option to purchase the Turkish-German player, who is contracted to his current club until 30th June 2015,” reads the report in Marca.
The same report also suggests that the German side have an agreement in place with Real Madrid over Gundogan, which was agreed as the sides discussed the permanent transfer of Nuri Sahin.
“As far as MARCA has been able to understand, these conversations have assured Real Madrid pole position when it comes to signing the talented midfielder, whose stocks may well soar during the coming Brazil World Cup,” adds the report.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom because ‘Operation Gundogan’ seems to suggest that the only preferential treatment Real Madrid will get is being the first club to put in an offer for the German.
Manchester United or Arsenal could come in with a higher bid than the ‘reasonable price (around €30 million)’ mentioned in the report which would make any agreement Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund hold pointless.
If a bidding war breaks out for the player after the World Cup then both United and the Gunners will be in good positions to put in big offers, while Real Madrid may be stretched following the world record signing of Gareth Bale last summer.
‘Operation Gundogan’ is far from concrete and far from complete.
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