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Barcelona mainstay helped convince Gundogan to sign for the club – report

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After finalizing the much-anticipated deal for Ilkay Gundogan, details related to the signing are beginning to emerge.

Last summer, the Catalans pulled off the marquee signing of Robert Lewandowski, who enjoyed a stellar start to life in La Liga as he helped secure the title and clinched the Pichichi trophy.

However, it appears that the Pole’s contributions to the club have not just been confined to the pitch, with his influence aiding the recruitment department behind the scenes as well.

In a recent revelation by Tomasz Włodarczyk, Lewandowski played a role in the transfer of Gundogan. During the most recent Poland vs. Germany game in Warsaw, he met with the Manchester City captain and convinced him to sign for Barça.

Lewandowski’s efforts bore fruit, with several reliable media outlets recently confirming the successful signing of Gundogan on a free transfer, although an official announcement is yet to arrive.

This will not be the first time Lewandowski and Gundogan are sharing the same dressing room. In fact, the pair were teammates back in Borussia Dortmund.

Between 2011 and 2014, Gundogan and Lewandowski played three seasons together in Germany. They won the Bundesliga title together, which was Dortmund’s final league title before Bayern Munich imposed their complete dominance.

Further confirmation regarding the 34-year-old’s insistence to lure the recently crowned treble winner can be seen in Domenec Torrent’s words.

“Before the City treble celebrations, Gündogan asked me about Barcelona, the club and the city. He was sad that he Spotify Camp Nou will be closed. He also told me he’s in contact with Lewy,” the former assistant of Pep Guardiola at Bayern, City, and Barça told Jijantes FC.

Now that the duo are set to be reunited, Xavi will be sure to count heavily on his two star men in the upcoming campaign.

Nonetheless, the transfer window is still long, and it cannot be ruled out that Lewandowski’s services will be required again.

Kimmich, another one of his ex-teammates, has been linked with Barcelona. If the Catalans manage to step up their pursuit of the midfielder, the Polish striker could once again be tasked to spring into action.

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