Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is said to be stalling on signing a new contract with the Bundesliga side, putting Manchester United and Arsenal on alert.
The 24 year-old’s current deal runs out at the end of next season, with boss Jurgen Klopp keen to tie him down quickly to a new deal in an attempt to stop him walking away for free in just over 12 months time.
Premier League duo Man Utd and Arsenal are both in the market for some midfield steel, and should Gundogan fail to agree terms with Dortmund he could become available for a cut-price deal due to his contract situation.
BVB will hope Gundogan follows in the footsteps of talismanic attacker Marco Reus, who penned a new long-term deal with the club back in February as Klopp tries to keep the nucleus of the 2013 Champions League final side together.
Dortmund will be keen to retain Gundogan having lost key players Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski over the last couple of transfer windows and both have been difficult to replace, as would the 24 year-old be should he leave.
By Matt Derrig