Manchester United could be beaten to the signing of a key transfer target after German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has opened talks with a move to La Liga with Barcelona.
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Mail Sport report the 24-year-old hinted at a move to the Camp Nou or a stay in Germany with Borussia Dortmund’s fierce rivals Bayern when asked if he had held discussion with the European giants:
“We are holding talks yes, but no decision has been made. I can’t say more than that on this,” he said.
The news will come as a bitter blow to the Red Devils as they have been linked with a move for the deep-lying playmaker for a number of months and talkSPORT claimed last week that Bayern had withdrawn their interest to leave United in pole position for Gundogan’s signature.
However, it would appear Louis van Gaal’s side have lost ground in the race following those reported comments.
The midfielder started for Dortmund in the German Cup final against Wolfsburg at the weekend but was unable to prevent his side from crashing to defeat in Jurgen Klopp’s final game in charge.