It seems that there is a huge amount of interest from Premier League teams in prominent Bundesliga players. Manchester City is reportedly in advanced talks to sign Ilkay Gundogan while Liverpool is said to be interested in Mahmoud Dahoud.
— Ilkay Gündogan (@Guendogan8) April 10, 2016
City is hoping to sign Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund and the clubs are said to be in advanced negotiations. However, there are reports of a €10 million gap in their valuation of the midfielder. It was reported that City is willing to pay €35 million for the player but Dortmund are asking for €45 million.
Pep Guardiola apparently views Gundogan as a key part of his plan when he takes over at City on July 1st and is determined to sign him. On the other hand Dortmund is willing to sell as Gundogan has shown no interest in signing another contract after his expires in the summer of next year.
Reports earlier this year suggested that City has agreed to pay Gundogan as much as £4.8 million after tax per season as long as the two clubs can agree on a transfer fee.
In the meantime Jurgen Klopp is said to be busy pursuing Mahmoud Dahoud for Liverpool. Dahoud is best known for his position in the Germany U21 team but Klopp is facing competition from other clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Dahoud is under contract at Borussia Monchengladbach until 2018 and the club is determined to keep him. Fairly recently Max Eberl, the club’s sporting director, said that “Dahoud is not for sale.” However, it is thought that if Monchengladbach is offered enough money then this position will change and clubs are prepared to offer as much as £30 million.
Whether Gundogan goes to City or not is sure to be a vital factor in Dahoud’s future as if Gundogan ends up at Manchester City then Dortmund are sure to increase their efforts to sign Dahoud as a replacement.