Manchester City lead Manchester United in race to sign German international

Manchester City look the new favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in the summer transfer window with rumours that Manchester United have pulled out of the running.

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The classy German international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League after his breakthrough at Dortmund, and it now looks as though he could be heading to the Etihad Stadium ahead of next season.

City could do with strengthening in the middle of the park, and the Daily Mirror reports that they may be boosted by United’s decision to end their interest in the 24-year-old.

Jurgen Klopp’s imminent exit from Dortmund at the end of this campaign only seems likely to speed up Gundogan’s departure, and he could make a fine replacement for under-performing players like Fernando and Fernandinho in the City midfield for 2015/16.

The Mirror adds that Gundogan had hinted at signing a new contract with Dortmund back in February, but has stalled on doing so as the transfer window approaches.

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