Arsenal have been given a lifeline in their pursuit of Dortmund’s German midfielder Illkay Gundogan. Some days ago, reports emerged in Spanish media that Los Blancos had jumped ahead of the rest of the chasing pack after they agreed a first refusal for him but such rumours have been quashed as his father has denied such reports.
The midfielder is highly sought after across Europe after he helped Dortmund reach last season’s Champions League final and with the reports, he had looked as though he was on his way to the Bernabeu at the end of the season but Gundogan’s father Irfan has given fresh hopes to Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United that their target could still be up for grabs.
‘There is no agreement between Gundogan and Real Madrid,’ he told German magazine Kicker.
‘We only put contract negotiations with Dortmund on hold because we did not want to disturb him during his injury.
‘Of course it is still possible that he will renew his contract.’
The statement draws up three possibilities. That he could yet stay at Dortmund, he could move in the winter window since Dortmund won’t want him to leave for free and the bidding war that might ensue. With Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid ready to battle out for him, Dortmund will be keen to cash in and sell to the highest bidder. It would be good if Arsenal can win the race.