Thursday, 19 January 2023

Barcelona Interested in Signing Ilkay Gundogan

By db-admin – Barcelona have shown interest in signing Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City at the end of the season with the midfielder’s contract coming to an end. The report states that the club are looking to bolster their midfield lineup on a free transfer, and efforts to land N’Golo Kante are fading as he now looks set to sign a new contract at Chelsea.

La Blaugrana are still in a tight financial situation after years of big spending and are looking to boost head coach Xavi’s squad through Bosman’s deal. Hopes of signing Gundogan, who is 32, hinge on whether or not he chooses to extend his stay at City, having joined the club in 2016, Pep Guardiola’s first business as City manager.

The German midfielder has been instrumental for City since joining the club and taking on the captaincy following Fernandinho’s departure last summer, but he has not been shy about discussing his ambition to attain new challenges.

A move to Barcelona, while not carrying as much weight as it once did, would still be a tremendous next step for Gundogan as he enters the twilight of his extraordinary career. But for now, the focus is on trying to help City return to the top of the Premier League, after admitting that something was not right between the squad.

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