Borussia Dortmund announce signing of Nurnberg's Ilkay Gundogan

Sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that the highly promising young midfielder will soon sign a four-year deal with his club, following a transfer valued at €4 million
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed that the club have agreed to the terms of a transfer for Nurnberg starlet Ilkay Gundogan.

The 20-year old Gundogan had previously been under contract at Nurnberg until 2012, but the Bavarians have accepted a reported €4 million sum to release him from his deal. When the transfer window re-opens, he is expected to put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

"We have agreed in principle with the player and the club. The formalities will be completed shortly," Zorc said to the official Dortmund website.

"[Gundogan] is willing to learn and is very smart," Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said. "He also brings a great attitude. Ilkay has a great passing game, is a complete player, and fits perfectly into our footballing system."

Capable of playing in both advanced and withdrawn roles in central midfield, Gundogan has drawn widespread comparisons to Nuri Sahin, who in recent weeks has been closely linked with a move to Real Madrid. Should the 22-year-old Sahin leave the Ruhr area at the season's end, Gundogan will be his replacement.

The transfer will see the Germany U-21 international return to the area of his birth. A Gelsenkirchen native, Gundogan played for Bochum and Schalke in his youth before moving to Nurnberg in 2009.

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