Man City midfielder’s move to Barcelona getting likely, player could accept a low salary
With the transfer links between Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan intensifying in recent weeks, The Athletic has come up with an update on the situation regarding the veteran star’s future.
As per the report, Barcelona’s interest in Gundogan is increasing with each passing day and some parties involved in negotiations believe that a move in the summer transfer window is getting likely.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has been pushing for the signing of another midfielder to the squad this summer. Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva had been the Catalans’ first choice, but a move for him is considered impossible due to the club’s financial situation.
Hence, the focus has shifted towards Gundogan, who is set to become a free agent this summer as his contract expires at the end of the season.
The report states that Manchester City have met with the German international’s agents to discuss a new contract in recent weeks, but the two parties remain far from an agreement, paving the way for a move to Camp Nou.
Reports in Spain suggested that Xavi had already spoken to Gundogan about the possibility of a summer transfer, with the midfielder said to be open to such a venture.
In fact, recent reports even suggested that the former Borussia Dortmund ace, who joined City in 2016 as Pep Guardiola’s first signing at the club, was tempted by the possibility of donning the Blaugrana colours.
Gundogan’s entourage insist that all options remain on the table, but the idea of a move to Barcelona seems to be gaining traction. Sources within the La Liga club even believe that the veteran star will be open to accepting a low salary if he is offered a multiple-year contract.
Xavi has been pushing for an additional midfield signing as Barcelona tend to lose that spark from the centre of the park when Pedri is not available.
With the potential addition of Gundogan, the hope is that he can rotate more freely without a drop in quality on the pitch while it would also reduce the risk of fatigue and injuries. The 32-year-old would not be a long-term signing but can bring immense value with his quality, experience and leadership.