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German midfielder issued ultimatum, but should Manchester United be interested in signing him?

Borussia Dortmund midfielder İlkay Gündoğan has been issued a contract ultimatum by his club as he currently has 18-months remaining on his current deal, which is currently being reported by the Mirror. The Bundesliga strugglers want the midfielder to either sign a new contract, or he will be sold in the summer. Recently, Dortmund have lost some talented players recently, one of which, Robert Lewandowski left on a free to rivals Bayern Munich after failing to renew his contract. Mario Götze also left for Bayern after his buyout clause was activated and similar things could happen with Marco Reus in the summer as he has a £20 million buyout clause in his current contract.

Dortmund have been one of the strongest sides in the Bundesliga for more than a few years, and seeing them struggle in the league this season must be tough for most of their player, many of who made it to the final of the UEFA Champions League a year and a half ago. That is a pretty considerable fall in a short space of time. If this kind of form continues, the talented players at the club could search for other clubs after losing interest in playing for a side clearly struggling. Gündoğan has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal in recent years, with the North London club needed some reinforcement in midfield.

Gündoğan has carried 16 injuries in his career so far, the worst of which, a spinal injury, kept him out for more than a season, which was unfortunate. He recovered from that injury at the end of September 2014, returning to action in October.The German international has made 12 appearances this season, scoring one goal and assisted in a further two. He seems to be showing his injuries could be behind him now, but they will remain a gamble for the team then eventually buys him, unless he signs a contract extension in Dortmund. Many, at some point did see Gündoğan as the answer to United’s midfield problems, but the injuries, although they differed to those of Owen Hargreaves, could be lightning striking twice for the Old Trafford club.

The German is definitely a good option in midfield, but United have Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, who were all purchased last summer, with Fellaini arrived the summer earlier. In addition to the newcomers, Michael Carrick looks set to sign a contract extension, keeping him at the club for at least another year, but the likes of Anderson and Darren Fletcher could end their Manchester United careers in the summer on the expiration of their contracts, which could mean United may be in the market to strengthen their midfield, especially if they earn a UEFA Champions League place next season, meaning a bigger squad will be required.

The German media have reported that Gündoğan does not want to sign a new contract with his club, linking him with a move to the Barclays Premier League. Back in November 2014, the German midfielder did suggest interest in the Premier League, reported by the Mirror as saying:

“Playing outside Germany is one of my big goals. If one day I leave here, I’d like to play in Spain or for one of the big teams in England.

“I want to look forward and make up for lost time with sporting success.”

Whether the move happens or not really depends on what the player chooses to do with his current predicament in Germany. If he ends up signing a new contract, his future will be solved, or that is what that would suggest, but if not, the summer will be an interesting one with a player of Gündoğan’s calibre being available for as little at £16 million, which represents good value for money, providing he does not suffer any injury setbacks, or a considerable loss of form between now and then. One of the other main parts of any deal bringing the German to Old Trafford would be whether Louis van Gaal is interested in the player, and that is something one few people will know with the Dutchman not discussing any transfer dealings with the media during his press conferences.

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