There is a big dilemma going on in the transfer of Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona.
According to journalist Jose Alvarez, Barcelona has already closed the signing of Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan for the summer transfer window. Earlier there were reports about Ilkay Gundogan set to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.
There were reports in Spain, the 32-year-old will leave Manchester City at the end of the season. His contract with Man city expires this summer. According to the Spanish outlet El Chiringuito, Gundogan has agreed to join La Liga. The veteran German midfielder will leave the Premier League champions as a free agent.
Since joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, Ilkay Gundogan has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Before becoming a pivotal figure at Etihad, the 32-year-old struggled with fitness. Now, following the departure of Fernandinho in the summer, he has taken over as Manchester City’s captain. The German international has played 279 games for Manchester City, contributing 51 goals and 35 assists.
Will Ilkay Gundogan Be A Good Option For Barcelona?
Barcelona will look for a midfield reinforcement as Sergio Busquets’ future remains uncertain. The veteran midfielder is nearing the end of his career and could leave Spotify Camp Nou in the summer. Furthermore, Franck Kessie’s future at the Catalan club is uncertain.
In the midst of this, Barcelona has been looking for low-cost options to strengthen their midfield. Given their financial situation, another dip in the free-transfer pool is on the table.
And earlier this week reports in England claimed that the Blaugrana were serious about signing Gundogan at the end of the season. The 32-year-old midfielder is nearing the end of his contract with the Premier League champions and has yet to sign a new deal.
After seven years at the Etihad, Gundogan may be looking for a new challenge. Especially with the possibility that his role in Pep Guardiola’s squad will be reduced ahead of the new season. After all, City has been linked with Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.
The German International, A vastly experienced player who has achieved success at the highest level, can be a useful short-term addition at Camp Nou. Until Barcelona finds a long-term successor to Busquets.
Given the length of Gundogan’s contract and Guardiola’s recent extension at Manchester City, the possibility of the midfielder renewing with the English champions cannot be completely ruled out. Reports are there that Barcelona has already agreed to sign him. It should also be noted that Xavi’s side has been linked with a move for Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic in a possible swap deal involving Kessie.
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