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Arsenal Set For Talks Over DREAM Signing After Tabling £15.6m Bid
Some very interesting news doing the rounds today with reports claiming that Arsenal are closing in on the signature of Ilkay Gundogan after tabling a £15.6m bid.
Gundogan’s contract expires in 18 months time and reports claim claim that the defensive midfielder has told Borussia Dortmund he has no intention of signing an extension and wants to move to the Premier League.
It’s understood that Dortmund have told the 24-year-old that he’ll be sold if he doesn’t pen a new deal as they don’t want a repeat of the Robert Lewandowski situation that saw him walk away for nothing when his contract expired.
Speculation last week suggested that Arsenal had opened preliminary talks with the Bundesliga club over a potential deal and now it looks as though things have stepped up a notch with reports in Spain claiming that we’ve tabled a formal £15.6m offer.
Dortmund are understood to be giving the bid serious consideration and representatives from the two clubs are due to meet this week to try and thrash out a deal, with Arsene believed to be ‘determined’ to get his man.
The boss has been a long-term admirer of Gundogan’s but any interest was shelved after he was sidelined for over a year with a serious back injury.
He’s since returned to full fitness but we’d have to make sure that the injury has completely healed if we’re going to go ahead with any deal as the last thing we need is another player who’ll spend more time on the treatment table than the pitch.
It’s difficult to know what to make of these rumours as I’d be surprised if Dortmund were willing to sell mid-season, but I suppose if the player isn’t going to sign a new deal then they might decide to cash-in while his value is still high.
As long as he’s over that back injury, I think Gundogan would be a dream signing for us so I’d be delighted to see him arrive at the club, but we’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming days.
My gut tells me nothing will come of this in January but let’s hope I’m wrong….