Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund’s interest in Chelsea midfielder Ramires could make way for a swap deal with Ilkay Gundogan heading to Stamford Bridge.
Ramires is reportedly “unsettled” in the English Premier League (EPL) and is considering a move to Germany. Adding Gundogan in the mix could quicken the transfer, according to the Spanish publication Fichajes.
Since the arrival of new boss Guus Hiddink, Ramires has found himself on the sidelines giving up his place to John Obi Mikel. This has not gone down well with the Brazilian and could force his decision of leaving Stamford Bridge.
Gundogan was once the most highly sought midfielders in Europe. He had amazing performances with Dortmund and the German national team.
Michael Zorc, the sporting director of Dortmund has recently stated about the club’s contract situation with Gundogan.
“Ilkay is one of our key players. We’ll talk with him in due time on the future, but we still have a little time. If it was up to me, I would always insist only on long-term contracts.” Zorc said to German publication Bild.
The German midfielder has long being linked with other Premier League clubs with Liverpool being the latest one. Liverpool currently has ex-Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their coach and based on Gundogan’s good relationship with Klopp, a transfer was speculated to be on the cards.
A move to Chelsea will also fascinate Gundogan as the Blues owner Roman Abramovich is looking to rebuild his squad after the failure of Jose Mourinho’s second tenure as coach.
The arrival of Gundogan at Chelsea will shake up the way the game is played at Stamford Bridge. Gundogan would not like to sit on the bench at his new club and to fit the German into the team; Chelsea’s midfield must be restructured.
Cesc Fabregas may be the one who has to make way for Gundogan. The German’s box-to-box presence might be superior to what Fabregas offers on the field.
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