Manchester United transfer news: £24m target comments on big club rumours

Ilkay Gundogan warming up for Germany

Borussia Dortmund midfielder has spoken out over the speculation that has seen him linked with Barcelona and Manchester United.

In-demand midfielder Ilkay Gundogan rarely played this past season due to injury, a back complaint sustained during the opening game of the Bundesliga campaign, yet admirers have not been perturbed in pursuing his signature despite his lengthy layoff.

Neither have any potential suitors been discouraged at the news the player recently renewed his contract with Borussia Dortmund, a deal that keeps him bound to Westfalonstadion for the next two seasons or, for the cynic, a deal that merely heightened his market value this summer.

Currently regarded to be a £23.76 million player by transfermarkt.co.uk, Gundogan is renowned for his passing range, his work-rate - an asset for any Premier League club - and his ability to retain possession and dictate play from the heart of midfield is akin to Xavi at Barcelona. 

The Camp Nou side are a clear threat to Manchester United if Gundogan were to ever be made available for trading. 

And Louis van Gaal would have to be at his negotiating best as the player himself seems to think he'd fare better from a move to Spain, as his latest quotes to Kicker explain: "Although I have been out of action, very big clubs have expressed an interest in signing me. And in reality, there are loads of people who think I would fit in perfectly at Barcelona."

He concluded: "I think that if I'm playing at my best, I can make my mark in any big team, whichever one it is."

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