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Manchester United and Arsenal boosted as European giants pull out of transfer battle

Manchester United and Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan, reports the Daily Express.

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The Germany international is available after making it clear to BVB that he won’t be signing an extension to his current contract, which ends after next season. This has alerted several clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid as well as the Premier League pair and Bayern.

However, the latter are dropping their interest – reportedly due to a belief that the 24-year-old is too greedy. Gundogan has rejected a deal worth £90,000 a week to stay at the Westfalenstadion, and is believed to want much more money in any future offers. United and Real are the most likely to cave to his demands, both having a history of paying high wages to their players.

However, the Gunners could be in a similar position to their Bavarian rivals. Only in recent seasons have they spent big on players such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and they may not want to pay one player much more than any others in order to avoid squad disharmony.

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