Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal target Gundogan given contract ultimatum

Ilkay Gundogan

Borussia Dortmund have reportedly told Ilkay Gundogan to extend his contract or face being sold in the summer.

The chances of finally seeing German midfield star Ilkay Gundogan playing in the Premier League might just have received a boost as it has been reported that he could be sold at the end of the season.

According to Kicker, Jurgen Klopp's struggling side have issued the 24-year-old with an ultimatum: extend your contract by spring or be sold during the summer transfer window. His deal currently expires in June 2016.

Dortmund will be keen not to lose another player in the same fashion that saw world-class forward Robert Lewandowski walk away from Westfalenstadion for nothing last summer.

The Pole had been the spearhead of Klopp's attack since 2010 but allowed his contract to expire and opted to join Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich for free in July.

It has been widely reported that a player of Gundogan's calibre will require a minimum fee of around £20 million, which would be a bargain if he is able to recapture his form of old and remains injury free.

A move abroad might have materialised last summer had his whole 2013-14 season not been scuppered by a severe injury to his back. It was well known that Manchester United were in the market for midfielders and a fully fit Gundogan might have been an ideal signing.

The Red Devils will still be looking for a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick and Gundogan is likely to be on that shortlist. If the German does become available you can be sure that United won't be the only club vying for his signature.

Premier League rivals Arsenal have been linked with a variety of dynamic box-to-box midfielders of late, and Liverpool will certainly be looking for a top quality Steven Gerrard replacement this summer.

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