The internet and written press went mad over the weekend with stories that Manchester United were closing in on a £25 million deal for Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan.
The 23-year-old central midfielder has been heavily linked with United throughout the season, as rumours that David Moyes is ready to spend big this summer continue to grow.
However, before United fans get too excited, Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft, has played down the reports in the British press, suggesting there is nothing in Germany which makes them believable.
Re: "Gündogan to Man UTD" - contract till 2015/talks with Dortmund. Progress? - nothing in German press - injured for a long time #mufc— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 23, 2014
Fjortoft was asked by several fans about the matter on Twitter, replying clearly that there had been no indication in German newspapers that United and Dortmund or United and Gundogan were talking to each other.
That doesn’t mean that a deal isn’t possible. It’s simply an indication that nothing physical or official is taking place at the moment.
Any deal, and subsequent talks, is more likely to happen after the World Cup this summer because no player would want to take his focus away from producing his best for his club, this jeopardising his chances of making a World Cup squad.
There is also, as Fjortoft points out, the matter of the player’s contract with Dortmund and the fact that could be extended, with Dortmund standing a great chance of keeping him due to the way Jurgen Klopp has developed him as a player and the relationship he shares with his coach.
It’s one to keep an eye on but Fjortoft clearly doesn’t think there’s anything to the latest round of British reports.
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