Manchester United’s lack of quality in the centre of the park was made all too apparent in their derby defeat to rivals City this week, with midfielders surely the transfer priority this summer for David Moyes’ men.
One name that has been consistently linked with a switch to Old Trafford and would seemingly fit the bill is Ilkay Gundogan.
The Borussia Dortmund playmaker’s current deal at Signal Iduna Park expires in the summer of 2015, with the Bundesliga side keen to tie him down to a new deal.
"We would like to prolong with Ilkay; he has an offer on the table," Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sport Bild.
"The decision will certainly not wait until the summer.
"We absolutely do not see the need to sell players who have an existing contract."
Gundogan could well follow Robert Lewandowski’s lead and enter the last year of his deal with Dortmund and sign for a new club for free in January.
A United bid this summer would certainly test Dortmund’s resolve, but it appears that the German side are determined to hold onto their star midfielder.