Nurnberg resigned to Gundogan fate

Manchester United have been heavily linked with him, as have Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim, and general manager Martin Bader seems to have conceded that he is likely to be off next summer.

He told Kicker: “At some point, things were way beyond Bremen’s financial limits. We are also subject to economic considerations. It’s a fact that clubs from inside and outside the Bundesliga have learned about the exceptional qualities of Ilkay Gundogan.”