Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has rejected talk of a swap deal involving Bayern Munich’s Mario Götze for Ilkay Gündoğan.
Bayern, along with the Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United have been closely linked with Gündoğan in recent weeks.
“That’s totally unrealistic,” Borussia CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told local newspaper WAZ.
“Look at the salary levels of Bayern and Dortmund at a glance and you’ll have your answer.”
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Dortmund already confirmed the 24-year-old midfielder will not renewing his contract however, it now appears that Gündoğan has asked to leave this year.
“He would like to move this summer. That’s what he told us,” Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc told Sky.
“Depending on the value of the offers on the table for us, we will decide accordingly.”
Gündoğan has four assists and three goals in 29 appearances for Dortmund this season.
Dortmund sit in seventh place in the Bundesliga with 43 points in 32 games. Jurgen Klopp’s side are 15 points off a UEFA Champions League spot.