Dortmund deny Man Utd deal for Ilkay Gundogan
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has rejected claims that Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Ilkay Gundogan and insisted the German has not asked to leave the club.
Sky Sports reported on Friday night that Gundogan was on the brink of joining United, with a fee of around £20m believed to have been agreed for a player whose contract expires in the summer of 2016.
Other reports claimed Gundogan had told Dortmund that he was eager to leave the club this summer, but both of those suggestions have been rejected by Watzke.
“If Ilkay tells us he doesn’t want to extend, then we’ll sit down and discuss it. But that hasn’t happened yet,” stated Watzke.
“The media has to be careful. I’m not trying to be rude, but they can’t jump on everything they hear as they did yesterday.”
If a deal for Gundogan to join United is in place, it appears that his club are not willing to confirm it publicly yet, as they still appear to hold out some hope that they can keep their German international at the club for another season at least.