Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said that any swap deal for Ilkay Gundogan involving Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze is completely farcical.
On Monday morning, German newspaper Bild made the audacious claim that Pep Guardiola was considering offering former BVB forward Gotze in exchange for the highly sought after Gundogan in the summer.
Gundogan is currently the subject of much transfer speculation after the Bundesliga outfit announced, last Thursday on their official Twitter account, that the midfielder would not be renewing his current contract, which expires in June 2016.
But Zorc has rubbished the claims suggesting a deal with fierce rivals Munich, and expressed that he would prefer the German international not to leave to a Bundesliga rival at the end of the season.
“A player-exchange deal involving Gundogan and Gotze? Mario is a Bayern player. I can really not imagine him returning to Dortmund,” Zorc told Sky90 in quotes by Sky Sports.
“It would not result in another war if Bayern try to sign Gundogan,” he added.
“Of course, we would prefer it if Gundogan did not join a Bundesliga rival, even if Bayern have not really been our rivals in a sporting sense this campaign.
“There are no offers (for Gundogan) for now, though.”
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with bringing the 24-year-old to the Premier League, the Daily Mail reports, yet, as Zorc has revealed, no club is yet to make an offer ahead of the summer transfer window.