Ilkay Gundogan is one of Barcelona’s top targets in the upcoming summer transfer window, as Xavi Hernandez looks to shore up his options in the middle of the park.
While there has been a lot of noise regarding the club’s pursuit of Joshua Kimmich lately, Gundogan appears to be a very logical target for Barça, as the experienced midfielder has his contract expiring at the end of the season.
However, Barcelona are set to face a fresh setback in the pursuit of Gundogan, as the player is nearing an agreement with Manchester City over contract renewal, reports The Times.
It was earlier reported that Gundogan likes Barcelona’s three-year contract offer and did not quite like Man City’s one-year renewal offer. But following his impressive performances during the backend of the season, the English champions are ready to hand him a new renewal offer.
The new proposal should include a longer deal, which could sway the opinion of Gundogan. Fabrizio Romano suggests a renewal until 2024, with an option to extend until 2025. The German international enjoys working with Pep Guardiola and will not be averse to extending his contract at the Etihad this summer.
Guardiola has already publicly expressed his desire to keep hold of Gundogan beyond 2023. And especially after a season where the club are in contention to win the treble, Man City are ready to make the effort to retain the services of their experienced midfielder.
Gundogan’s prolonged stay at the Etihad could be a major setback for Barcelona, who have found it difficult to find a good option in the market.
They have been linked with moves for Joshua Kimmich, Martin Zubimendi and Ruben Neves. But each of these three options are likely to cost a fortune, which has forced the club to make Sofyan Amrabat their number-one midfield target for now.
Barcelona, though, won’t lose hope completely and are likely to continue to convince Gundogan to make the jump to Catalonia, after spending a fruitful spell in Manchester.