According to the Daily News, Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund will leave the German side for Old Trafford this summer. Manchester United is looking to revamp the whole squad and this summer will be vital for the Red Devils.
Gundogan, who is 23 years old, has been a long term target for United, as well as other big clubs like Real Madrid and this would be a huge acquisition. He is a very talented central midfielder who can sit back and play in a more defensive role, or he can play further up the pitch and be in on the attack.
Reports suggest that the transfer fee is in the region of 25 million pounds. Borussia Dortmund are a side struggling at the moment and this summer they will lose their best player, Robert Lewandowski, to rivals Bayern Munich. Now, all reports suggest that they will lose Gundogan.
When it comes to Gundogan, he can do it all. He has the ability to make any pass, he can venture forward and score goals, and he can also be a holding midfielder and win the ball back. Although he is not quite the size of Yaya Toure, he has similar attributes to him and may be asked to play that kind of role at Old Trafford. 25 million pounds seems like a hefty fee, but for a player of Gundogan’s caliber, it could be quite a steal, especially the fact he is only 23 years old.
His passing is his best attribute, but he can also do the dirty work in defense and that is the type of player that United need in the middle of the park. Gundogan seems to rise to the occasion of the games, as we witnessed him have a fantastic Champions League final last year in a losing effort.
United to go on a spending spree this summer to improve the squad and spending 25 million pounds on Gundogan would be a great start.