Report: Arsenal to allow Flamini to leave, see Gundogan as perfect Coquelin partner

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Mathieu Flamini's contract is up at Arsenal this summer.

rsenal are looking at re-shaping their midfield this summer and this involves allowing Mathieu Flamini to leave the club, report The Telegraph.

The paper report the Gunners will not extend the 31-year-old's contract when it expires this June.

They are also to tell Mikel Arteta he will not be a guaranteed starter, having managed well without the Spaniard when he has been sidelined due to injury in recent weeks.

Arteta has only made seven Premier League appearances this season, while Flamini has featured 22 times.

The Gunners have plans to replace Flamini with Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, who the paper report will cost £20 million.

Manchester United are also interested, but Arsenal's interest is not new, having enquired after the player in January.

The 24-year-old has bounced back from injury to make 19 Bundesliga appearances this season. The BBC reported yesterday Gundogan will not renew his Dortmund deal which expires in 2016, making it likely he will be sold this summer.

The Telegraph report Arsenal see the German international as a perfect complement for Francis Coquelin, who has established himself as a key figure at the club in 2015.

It adds: "Gundogan is a player Arsenal scouts have admired for some time and would perfectly fit the role manager Arsene Wenger wants to fill, as he is both tenacious and creative."

Gundogan revealed last year, reported by Goal, that Real Madrid had a bid for the midfielder turned down by Dortmund, and it is possible the La Liga side emerge as competitors for his signature.

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