Arsenal Given Green Light To Step Up Pursuit Of £22m Ace

By on April 30, 2015

Arsenal have been given the green light to step up their pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan after Borussia Dortmund confirmed the midfielder won’t be extending his contract.

Gundogan’s current deal expires next summer and after months of speculation over whether he’ll pen an extension, it appears he’s finally told the club he won’t be extending his stay at the Westfalonstadion.

The former Bundesliga champions took to Twitter today to announce the news. The tweets are obviously in German but they basically say he’s decided not to renew his deal that expires in 2016.

Arsenal are one of several clubs who’ve been strongly linked with the German international over the past year or so with reports suggesting that we’ve already held talks with Dortmund about a potential €30m (£22m) deal this summer.

Now that Dortmund have confirmed he’s not signing an extension, we can now step-up our pursuit as they are almost certain to cash-in this summer rather than let him walk away for nothing as Robert Lewandowski did.

The 24-year-old was developing into one of the most promising central midfielders in Europe before he suffered a serious back injury that kept him out for over a year, so we’ll have to make sure he’s fully recovered from that if we do get to the medical stage.

But that’s still a long way away yet as Manchester United are also on the case and Sky Sports seem to think they are close to agreeing a deal with Dortmund.

I personally wouldn’t be too upset if we missed out as long as we signed one of our other targets, namely Morgan Schneiderlin or Goeffrey Kondogbia.


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