Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing Ilkay Gundogan, with Real Madrid now plotting a £20 million move for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, as reported by the Daily Express.
The German international has been targeted by Man Utd for an extended period of time, but they could not make a move for him in the summer or last season, with Gundogan having suffered a significant injury that kept him out for an extended spell.
However, Dortmund have recently been boosted by the news that he is set to return to full fitness this week.
If Man Utd were hopeful that this meant they could make a simple move for him in January, however, they have been dealt a blow, with Real set to make further efforts to sign him.
Dortmund see Gundogan as being worth £20 million, and the Champions League winners might even be willing to pay more than the asking price in order to stop him moving to Old Trafford instead.