As contacts between Barcelona and Manchester City continue to intensify and the rumour mill keeps churning out speculation, another new player is now being linked to a move away from the English giants to Barcelona.
According to journalist Jose Alvarez, the Blaugrana have met with City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan’s representatives last week and favour the player coming to the club. However, negotiations will be complicated, considering the financial constraints.
Gundogan now joins the increasing list of Manchester City players who find themselves on Barcelona’s radar. After rumours regarding Raheem Sterling, defender Aymeric Laporte and striker Gabriel Jesus have also emerged as rumoured targets for the Catalans.
There has also been talk of Riyad Mahrez within the club circles, as Barcelona have also reportedly kept an eye on the Algerian winger’s situation, but that would be an even more complicated operation. Gundogan, on the other hand, holds a move to Barcelona in good interests.
The German has a contract with Man City till June of 2023 and is coming off the back of a superb season with the Blues of Manchester. With the Euros right around the corner, the midfielder’s stock could rise even further if he enjoys a good tournament with Die Mannschaft.
All the operations in question will be difficult ones given the budgetary limitations. There is, of course, no guarantee about the reliability of these rumours just yet. Barcelona are currently adopting a much different approach to business in the market, with emphasis on signing as many free or low-cost reinforcements as possible.
After Georginio Wijnaldum was snatched away from their jaws by Paris Saint-Germain, they may have to lurk around the market for a midfield addition for some more time.