Manchester United get Gundogan all-clear, but Kroos...

Ilkay Gundogan warming up for Germany

Real Madrid have pulled out of the race for Ilkay Gundogan but are re-considering their efforts to sign Toni Kroos, also linked to Manchester United.

Manchester United have effectively been handed a free run at Ilkay Gundogan, after the two biggest competitors for his signature pulled out.

Barcelona have been taken out of the race after their FIFA imposed transfer ban, while Real Madrid are said to have abandoned their pursuit of the Dortmund star.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial report: "It is confirmed that Real Madrid are desperately looking for a midfielder and the 'option Gundogan' has been ruled out completely."

The reason given for Madrid walking away is due to Gundogan's injury problems - the German international has not played since August.

Dortmund are said to be willing to sell the star at the right price, and if Manchester United want to pursue their efforts to sign the player then the path is clear, in relation to the two esteemed La Liga sides.

Gundogan will be however, a big risk considering his injuries, with Owen Hargreaves fresh in the mind of United fans.

There is mixed news on Toni Kroos, with the same paper insisting that Real Madrid are considering entering the race for the German.

Previously it was claimed that Madrid did not want to spark a transfer war with Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich, but the temptation to recruit Kroos, whose contract is set to expire in 2015, is currently appearing too much of a temptation for the Spaniards to refuse.

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