Manchester United are reportedly set to receive a ‘significant bid’ from Borussia Dortmund for their teenage midfielder Dan Gore. The 19-year-old has only made two first-team appearances for the Red Devils but has already been tipped to become a future captain at Old Trafford.
Gore joined United from the Burnley academy as a 13-year-old and starred alongside the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo when the Red Devils lifted the FA Youth Cup trophy in 2022.
The youngster was handed his first-team debut for United as a second half substitute during his side’s Carabao Cup third round victory over Crystal Palace in September and made his second appearance for the club against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Boxing Day after being introduced from the bench in the closing stages.
According to transfer correspondent Pete O’Rourke, Dortmund hold a long-term interest in Gore and are prepared to enquire about his availability in January.
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Gore has also been linked with a loan move to Championship side Preston in the New Year, with the Lancashire side currently pushing for a place in the play-offs. But he could have a big decision to make if Dortmund come calling.
Gore, who was an unused substitute on three occasions during the group stages of this season’s Champions League, has been capped by England twice at under-20s level. And his former Burnley academy coach Lewis Craig has claimed the youngster could go on to skipper the Red Devils.
“He’s captain material, I’d say,” Craig recently told the Manchester Evening News. “Almost like your old-school Roy Keane type with hard challenges, but he’s got unbelievable quality on the ball because he was a forward in the past as well.
“If you leave him in an environment long enough he thrives and I think it’s fair to say that Dan wasn’t a Burnley type of player, in the sense that he was probably beyond Burnley in terms of his ability. He would have played for Burnley’s first-team if he was still there and [former manager] Sean Dyche would have been all over him, but there was always an acceptance of Dan was Salford, Man United and there were murmurings going on in the background.
“Kids get poached in academies all the time, but I think Burnley got looked after with the deal when he did go over. And I think he was given certain guarantees because United knew the talent they were getting.”