Arsenal have reportedly begun negotiations with the family of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, after the German club confirmed that he won’t be extending his contracting, the Metro reports.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 30, 2015
Gundogan’s contract expires in 2016, and whilst Dortmund haven’t confirmed that the 24-year-old is up for sale, they aren’t in the financial position to be able to allow the midfielder to leave for free next year.
The lack of Champions League football for the first time in four years will inevitably hurt the bank balance at the Westfalenstadion, and they could be forced to sell.
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Gundogan has been heavily linked with Manchester United, and reports suggest that a deal may already be agreed between the two parties (via the Sunday Times).
Our interest in the German maestro is understandable, and due to the rise of Francis Coquelin, Arsene Wenger may potentially be seeking a different type of midfielder.
When analysing our defeat to Swansea City, a player with the qualities of Coquelin isn’t required when a team comes to the Emirates Stadium to defend in numbers. Wenger withdrawing the Frenchman for Jack Wilshere on the hour mark may have been a preview of how the boss sees us moving forward.
A player capable of dictating the pace of our game from deep is required in games when teams come to park the bus, and Gundogan fits that profile perfectly.