Manchester United face stiff competition for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. United boss David Moyes' midfield search has led him to considering the BVB ace, who is available from the Bundesliga giants.

The Daily Mail says United have been tracking the German for some time and were close to making an offer in the summer. The biggest hurdle they may face is that Real Madrid also want the combative midfielder.

His availability in January could depend on his recovery from a persistent back injury and whether Dortmund lose out to Arsenal and Napoli in their Champions League group.

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