David Moyes could test Borussia Dortmund's patience over Ilkay Gundogan this summer.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he thinks Ilkay Gundogan won’t play again until after the World Cup.
The talented midfielder has been made to endure a frustrating season of injury as BVB prepare to show what SportBild calls extreme patience in relation to the 23-year-old.
Reports suggest that Manchester United are still very interested in doing a deal for Gundogan and they could test that patience this summer and try to take advantage of his current situation to get him to Old Trafford.
BVB are faced with a situation where Klopp and the club will have to continue to support the midfielder through the rest of this season and into the summer, spending resources, time and effort in the hope that he’ll be fit for the new campaign.
On the basis that David Moyes wouldn’t have a problem with signing an injured player, Manchester United can test BVB’s resolve after the World Cup with a competitive offer to sign Gundogan.
Only when the German giants’ patience is put under the most severe pressure will we see how hard Klopp wants his side to fight to hang onto someone who could become one of Germany’s greatest ever midfielders.
So how exactly do United go about applying that pressure?
They use the same tactics they are reportedly considering using to try and sign Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.
A large, competitive (perhaps overly competitive) offer for Gundogan will be tempting for BVB to take as they will be looking for replacements this summer should Gundogan not be close enough to full fitness to start next season.
SportBild claims that his “health makes planning for the future difficult” and the publication also suggests that CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke will place pressure on the player to decide on his future in the next few weeks.
Can Manchester United take advantage of things? We’ll just have to wait and see.