Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said the club would be willing to sell midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to Bayern Munich this summer.
Manchester United were reported to have agreed a deal with the Germany international, but Zorc strongly denied those rumours, and ESPN FC was informed that both Bayern and Juventus were in the running for his signature.
Bayern have controversially signed both Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund in recent years, paying the former’s release clause and bringing in the latter upon the expiry of his contract, and that had led to significant tension between the two clubs.
However, it appeared that the “ice age” between the German powerhouses may have ended this week, and Zorc said his club would be willing to do business with Bayern over Gundogan.
Asked whether the player could join the Bundesliga champions, Zorc told Sky it would “not decide the war” — a phrase meaning it would not make a difference.
However, he added: “Of course, we would prefer it if he didn’t join a Bundesliga rival — although they are not so much rivals in a sporting sense this year.”
While Dortmund are ready to cash in on Gundogan, they will only do so if they receive a suitable offer, and Zorc added that there was currently “nothing” on the table.