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Arsenal linked to £20 million midfielder

Wenger may be ready to splash £20 million on Ilkay Gundogan

By | 7th August 2013
Ilkay Gundogan

North London outfit Arsenal have been looking to make their second signing of the summer and the club may be keen on bringing in Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. According to the Daily Express, manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to launch a £20 million move for the center midfielder.

Gundogan’s father believes, however, that his son needs to stay in the Bundesliga and develop more before he makes a move away from the club.

“I am keen to ensure he (Ilkay) remains with Borussia Dortmund,” Irfan, Ilkay’s father and agent, told German magazine Kicker, according to the Daily Express.

“He is doing fine so it’s a bit early to move to a club in England or Spain at this point in time.”

The 22-year-old midfielder has moved around quite a bit throughout his playing career, changing his youth squad four different times before graduating to the first team of VfL Bochum II. The German international only made two appearances for the side before moving to FC Nurnberg the next year, where he stayed for two seasons. The midfielder caught the eye of Dortmund scouts while at the German club, and was brought there  in 2011 after signing a four-year contract.

According to the Daily Express , Arsenal view the German as a replacement for Mikel Arteta, who is set to turn 32 next March, and want to sign the midfielder for the long-term. The German international was sensational for BVB last season appearing in 45 total matches for the club and scoring five times.

Gundogan has made seven appearances for the German national team since 2011 when he finally rose to the top German squad, scoring a goal against Kazakhstan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last March.

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  1. Arjun A-Bomb says:

    not happening… keep dreaming afc fans.

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