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Sport Gundogan: United held talks with Borussia Dortmund over signing me

05:08  27 february  2021
05:08  27 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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He may be a Manchester City mainstay after his reinvention as a goalscoring midfielder, but Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that Manchester United held talks with Borussia Dortmund a few years before he joined the blue side of the city.

The German joined Dortmund in 2011 from Nurnberg and won the Bundesliga in his first season under Jurgen Klopp, before again playing a key role as they made it all the way to the 2013 Champions League final before being defeated by Bayern Munich.

United's scouts had been frequent visitors to the Westfalenstadion to watch Gundogan's team-mate Shinji Kagawa, eventually snapping up the Japanese in the summer of 2012 for an initial £12million fee.

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a man with a football ball on a field: Ilkay Gundogan is thriving at Manchester City - but he could have joined the red side of town © Provided by Daily Mail Ilkay Gundogan is thriving at Manchester City - but he could have joined the red side of town Shinji Kagawa throwing a ball: Manchester United wanted to sign Ilkay Gundogan after buying ex-team-mate Shinji Kagawa © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester United wanted to sign Ilkay Gundogan after buying ex-team-mate Shinji Kagawa

While watching Kagawa - now at Greek side PAOK - United became intrigued by the possibility of purchasing Gundogan. However, things quickly hit a dead end.


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'There were talks. I think it was two or three years before I joined City when I was playing for Borussia Dortmund,' Gundogan confirmed to Sky Sports.

'It never really went into advanced talks because Borussia Dortmund made it quite clear that they were not willing to sell me and I also had a few years left on my contract, so there wasn't really a point to talk to anyone at that point. So yeah, it didn't happen.'

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Borussia Dortmund 'are using the same agent that masterminded their sales of Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang' as they negotiate with Man United over Sancho. Marco Lichtsteiner worked with Dortmund when they sold Aubameyang to Arsenal in 2018. United have drawn up a list of alternative targets - believed to include Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman - and will pursue those if a deal for Sancho can't be completed. United are also reluctant to be held to what they consider to be an artificial deadline of August 10 after Dortmund indicated that they want any deal completed before

Pep Guardiola standing in front of a crowd: Talks never progressed however and Guardiola signed the midfielder in the summer of 2016 © Provided by Daily Mail Talks never progressed however and Guardiola signed the midfielder in the summer of 2016

Despite the move not getting off the ground, Gundogan is probably not regretting biding his time before joining Pep Guardiola at City.

The 30-year-old has won two Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and three EFL Cups since arriving at the Etihad in 2016.

He has also added goals to his game in spectacular fashion this term, netting 10 goals in his last 11 league games, including two-goal hauls against West Brom, Liverpool and Tottenham as Guardiola's men have surged 10 points clear at the summit.

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