According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal could target Dortmund defensive midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in January. The German international has just 18 months left on his contract with the struggling Bundesliga outfit and his club are believed to be willing to sell, unless he commits to a new deal.
Gundogan is a highly-rated defensive midfielder, despite only recently returning to action after 14 months out injured. Prior to his injury-layoff Gundogan was reportedly being tracked by the likes of Real Madrid and previously the Gunners.
His technical and passing abilities coupled with his tenacity makes him a very good player to shield defences, which has become a key problem for the Gunners.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still seems to have defensive cover and a defensive midfielder as his priorities in the January transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with a number of targets already, including defender Winston Reid and PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Gundogan showed a lot of potential prior to his long-term injury problems, but his fitness would have to be a major concern for everybody connected with the club, especially with the amount of injury problems the Gunners seem to pick-up.
The last thing Arsenal needs is another midfielder player that has fitness problems, or who is injury-prone. Arsenal have a host of midfielders in their squad who just cannot stay fit.
Dortmund are struggling in the Bundesliga at the moment, after losing a number of quality players in the past few seasons. The German side’s situation has led to reports from German that Gundogan is not keen on extending his stay with the German club.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp may be willing to cash-in on the former-Nurnberg ace if he believes that Gundogan wants to leave the club.
The January transfer window could be important for Arsenal, with the Gunners having a fight on their hands again to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season yet again.
The Gunners are still in the Champions League and the FA Cup, so the Gunners need to strengthen their squad, especially in defence and the defensive midfield position. A defensive midfielder, especially a quality one could make the difference between the Gunners winning silverware, or sealing a place in the top four.
Ilkay Gundogan would be a good signing, if he could stay fit and healthy and return to the form he was producing prior to his major injury. His signing would be a gamble, but it may be the gamble necessary to strengthen the centre of the Gunners midfield.
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