Man Utd Ready To Pay £20m To Land Arsenal Midfield Target

By on February 18, 2015

The January transfer window is now closed but that won’t stop the newspapers from speculating ahead of the summer so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Manchester United are linked with Ilkay Gundogan…

Ilkay Gundogan

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Manchester United are ready to spend up to £20m on Arsenal target Ilkay Gundogan if he fails to agree terms with Borussia Dortmund over a contract extension, according to reports.

Gundogan’s future at Dortmund has come under serious threat in recent months after he twice turned down the offer of a new deal to keep him at the Westfalonstadion.

With the German international’s current contract set to expire in the summer of 2016, Dortmund are desperate to tie him down to fresh terms and there have been reports coming out of Germany that suggest he’s now close to finally agreeing a new deal.

However, as it stands, Gundogan will enter the final year of his contract this summer and both Arsenal and Manchester United have been strongly tipped to try and lure the midfielder to the Premier League at the end of the season.

Dortmund will be reluctant to see another one of their star players leave on a free transfer so if an extension isn’t agreed over the coming weeks, they may be forced to cash-in this summer and the Metro are reporting that Man Utd are ready to pay up to £20m to take the 24-year-old to Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal recently admitted his priority will be a new midfielder this summer and Gundogan would be an excellent choice and could act as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, with the 33-year-old struggling with injuries this term.

But I wouldn’t discount Arsenal either, as Arsene Wenger is hotly tipped to bring in another defensive midfielder this summer and Gundogan has all the attributes the Gunners are looking for.

READ MORE –> Arsenal transfer news | Man Utd transfer new

The big worry for either club would be the fact that the player has only recently returned from a serious back injury that saw him miss the whole of last season, so Arsenal or Man Utd will need to ensure that the injury has been eradicated before they commit to his signature.

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