Manchester City may need to look elsewhere for a new midfielder this summer, after Borussia Dortmund tabled a contract offer to keep hold of Ilkay Gundogan, Express reports.
The 25-year-old has emerged as a £23million target for incoming manager Pep Guardiola, who is set to leave current club Bayern Munich for the Premier League.
His move was expected to be completed this summer following revelations that the midfielder, along with his agent, met with Guardiola and City sporting director Txiki Begiristain a few weeks ago.
However, the transfer has now been put on hold after Gundogan dislocated his knee cap last week, with Dortmund now hoping he will snub an exit and sign an extension.
Should the Germany international decide to stay, City could instead make a move for Bayern star Thiago Alcantara as his potential replacement.
Gundogan has featured 40 times in all competitions for the Bundesliga giants this term, so far scoring three goals while providing another seven assists.