Man City emerging as strong favourites for hugely talented Liverpool target

Manchester City are emerging as favourites to land Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year old is thought to have rejected an offer to stay at Signal Iduna Park, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2017.

Rather than risk losing him for free at the expiration of his deal, the German giants are understood to favour selling him while they still can.

City will see Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, who knows the German midfielder well from his stint in the Bundesliga, takeover from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.

The Spaniard’s arrival at the Etihad is claimed to be of particular interest to the Germany international as he plots his next move.

Premier League rivals Liverpool are believed to retain an interest in the playmaker, as current Reds chief Jurgen Klopp enjoys a close relationship with him.