TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Surprise Arsenal move, United’s done deal & Cole to MLS

Daily transfer roundup (Thursday, May 28)

MLS Rumours

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole is set to leave the Premier League club after revealing he would not be extending his contract which expires at the end of June, and a move to MLS could be his next step. (REPORT)

Recently released Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper is reportedly on New England Revolution’s discovery list as a move to MLS could be his next option. (REPORT)

Steven Gerrard is set to make his first LA Galaxy appearance in a home fixture against Mexico’s Club America in the International Champions Cup on July 11. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Arsenal will consider a move for Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his midfield options. (REPORT)

Manchester City have moved in front of their rivals in the hunt for Paul Pogba and will make a huge £85 million move to sign the Frenchman this summer. (REPORT)

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Manchester United are reportedly set to announce the £20 million transfer of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this weekend. (REPORT)

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United, City and Arsenal to battle for £20m German star – report

Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are set for a three-way transfer battle for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The 24-year-old German has just one year remaining on his current Dortmund contract and is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, with three of the countries top sides interested in securing his services.

Gundogan is valued at £20 million, and City believe they can steal a march on their rivals by offering misfiring striker Edin Dzeko to Dortmund in a swap deal.

New Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel, who will take over from the outgoing Jurgen Klopp this summer, is an admirer of Dzeko’s and that could see Gundogan seal a move to City.

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Arsenal are known to have had long-term interest in the German midfielder who has nine caps for his country, but could be beaten to his signature by one of the Manchester clubs.

United are closing in on a £21.5 million deal, according to Sky Sports, as the race for Gundogan looks set to heat up with the season drawing to a close.

He has struggled with injuries in the past few years but has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals with four assists.

Klopp is being strongly linked with the Manchester City job and if the Dortmund coach is to move to the Etihad this summer, Gundogan will be expected to follow him.

Where will Ilkay Gundogan move this summer? Who needs him most – Manchester City, Manchester United or Arsenal?

Arsenal linked with summer move for £20m midfield star

Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for £20 million-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to The Metro.

Gundogan is being targeted by Arsenal and Manchester United despite reports suggesting Dortmund want to sign him down to a new deal. But a move to the Premier League could be favourable as Dortmund are struggling to make the Champions League, sitting 10th in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of Europe’s top rated players, including the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, as manager Arsene Wenger is again expected to dip into the clubs funds this summer in an attempt to further strengthen the team to challenge for the Premier League title.

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Gundogan has made 18 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, scoring three times with three assists, and at 24 could be an ideal replacement for Jack Wilshere, who has been linked with a move away from the club.

The German international already has a wealth of experience and after losing the 2013 Champions League final, will be hungry for success as his time in Germany could be drawing to a close.

Arsenal reportedly had an £18.4 million bid rejected in January but Dortmund’s poor season could see a move develop with the Gunners looking to be a strong force in Europe once again.

Is Ilkay Gundogan the right man for Arsenal and do they need sign the midfielder?