United look to raid Dortmund’s top talent

Jurgen Klopp copyright Christopher Neundorf
Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United may be set to lose out to Bayern Munich for the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski. However, there is still plenty more talent at the Dortmund club that United bosses have their eye on.

The Daily Mirror report that Old Trafford chiefs have put Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at the top of their list to become United boss when Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

They are impressed with the way the 45-year-old has led his team into the Champions League final with a fabulous semi-final win over Real Madrid. Klopp also led Dortmund to their first Bundesliga title in 10 years in 2011 and successfully defended the trophy in 2012.

Klopp earmarked for some time

They have achieved their success by playing attractive attacking football, with a confident swagger that United fans have become accustomed to over the last two decades.

United have had Klopp earmarked for some time and their main fear is that his recent success in the Champions League could see him move to another top club before Ferguson retires.

German international to join United?

Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that United are set to bid £17m for Dortmund’s 22-year-old midfield maestro Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan has been a key figure for Dortmund since joining from Nuremberg two years ago.

He has played 77 games in the last two years as Dortmund won the double last season and have marched to the Champions League final this term. He has also made his debut for Germany and played seven times for his country.

Gundogan is a gifted playmaker and Ferguson believes he will be perfect to replace United legend Paul Scholes. Gundogan says it has always been his dream to play in either England or Spain.

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