Manchester United face being squeezed out of the battle for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

The Daily Mail says Bayern Munich are on the verge of launching a surprise move to sign Gundogan.

The 23-year-old playmaker, who has been heavily linked with both Real Madrid and Manchester United this season, would be the third major Dortmund star in the last two years that Bayern had attempted to wrestle away from their rivals.

Gundogan's contract expires in the summer of 2015, and with a long-term back injury leaving his future form uncertain, Dortmund will certainly be considering cashing in on an estimated transfer fee of £25million this summer.

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