Real Madrid plotting £25m bid for Arsenal and Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan
REAL MADRID are set to launch at £25m bid to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan.
Arsenal and Manchester United were both linked with a move for the 22-year-old during the most recent transfer window, only for a move to ultimately fail to materialise.
But reports in Spain suggest that Real have also been tracking Gundogan since the start of the summer and have an agreement in principle to sign the German international.
Real Madrid are thought to already have an agreement in principle to sign Ilkay Gundogan
And, according to Punta Pelota, Real president Florentino Perez is set try and formalise that deal with a bid of up to £25m. Real have apparently been encouraged by the fact that Gundogan is yet to extend his contract at Dortmund and the fact that Nuri Sahin, currently on loan at the Westfalenstadion, is owned by the Spanish club. Real sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window and could still be in the market for midfield reinforcements, with the future of Sami Khedira still far from certain in Madrid.