Barcelona and Bayern close in on Gundogan

The midfielder will not renew his contract at Borussia Dortmund and has been linked with a move to the German and Spanish champions as well as Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has confirmed that he is in talks with other clubs over a transfer this summer and has hinted that Barcelona or Bayern Munich could be his destination.

The Germany international, whose contract expires in 2016, had been linked with a move to the Premier League, were Manchester United and Arsenal were among the suitors, but the 24-year-old has hinted he is set to snub those approaches.

While a move to Barcelona would be impossible this summer because of their transfer ban, the midfielder was asked if he is in the process of learning Catalan or Bavarian, to which he replied: “We are holding talks yes, but no decision has been made. I can’t say more than that on this.”

He added that his future does not definitely lie away from Dortmund.

“I’ll leave it open as to whether they continue with or without me. 

“BVB are a great team and a really good coach is coming. 

“I don’t know how the team will look next season. The challenge will be to get the great potential of this team back on the pitch. We managed to do that too little during the last year.

“In some ways we’re glad this difficult season is over now.”

Dortmund spent the campaign off the pace in the Bundesliga and only qualified for the Europa League on the final day of the season. On Saturday, they lost the DFP-Pokal final 3-1, ending the reign of coach Jurgen Klopp on a disappointing note in the process.

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