Dortmund admit Gundogan may not stay

Last Updated: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:05

Borussia Dortmund are considering a move for Javier Hernandez and admit that United target Ilkay Gundogan could be sold in the summer.

Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke admits Borussia could be forced to sell Gundogan, who has put off signing a new deal in Germany after hearing of strong interest from United and Real Madrid.

"Of course, we try to always keep our top players, it's quite normal and we want to extend Ilkay's contract. But we must also see a sale as a possibility," said Watzke.

"In 2011 we lost Nuri Sahin [to Real Madrid], who was named player of the year in the Bundesliga, and we survived. Hopefully we can do it so that only a top player leaves this year, namely Robert Lewandowski."

Lewandowski's move to Bayern Munich was agreed several months ago and it has given the club plenty of time to plan for a replacement with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko thought to be a leading candidate.

However, Hernandez is now being viewed as a viable alternative with Dortmund aware that he is younger, likely to cost less and has a comparable goal record to the Bosnian.

Atletico Madrid and Valencia have also been linked to the Mexican in the past and could re-enter the race to sign 'Chicharito' if he becomes available.

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