Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that Manchester United held talks with Borussia Dortmund a few years before he joined the blue side of the city.
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.
The Manchester City start man said ‘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.’