Manchester United have been told to move quickly in their bid to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan or risk losing out to Serie A outfit AC Milan, talkSPORT reports.
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The Red Devils are understood to be in pole position to land the Germany international this summer after already holding talks with the player’s representatives over a potential transfer.
Jurgen Klopp’s departure from Dortmund has threatened to spark an exodus at the club, with forward Marco Reus [via Daily Star] and World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels also rumoured to have attracted interest from Old Trafford [via the Daily Star].
However, the Rossoneri have emerged as potential suitors for the 24-year-old as they look to overhaul the squad following a disappointing campaign which has seen the Italians giants fall from grace [Calciomercato via Inside Futbol].
The seven-time champions of Europe need at least a point from their final game of the season against Atalanta on Saturday evening to secure a top-half finish in Serie A and have earmarked Gundogan as a top transfer target as they begin a major rebuilding process at the San Siro over the 2015-16 campaign.
In any case, United would hold the advantage in any possible negotiations for the deep-lying playmaker as they can offer Champions League football next season.
Gundogan featured 23 times during Dortmund’s troubled Bundesliga campaign, scoring three goals and contributing four assists.