In a major transfer coup, FC Barcelona is on the verge of announcing the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City, according to sources close to the negotiations. The 32-year-old midfielder has been in talks with Barca since the beginning of the year. With a move to the Camp Nou always being his preferred choice.
GUNDOGAN TO FC BARCELONA
Gundogan played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s successful campaign, contributing significantly to their historic Treble triumph. Despite being offered a contract extension by the treble winners, Gundogan has made the decision to embark on a new chapter in his career at Barcelona FC. He informed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and the club’s hierarchy of his decision after the Champions League final victory over Inter.
Financial considerations have not been the driving force behind Gundogan’s move. As sources close to him have emphasized that it is primarily motivated by familial reasons. The German international has reached an agreement in principle with Barca. The deal could potentially see him sign a three-year deal, with an option for a fourth year.
Barcelona has included the acquisition of Gundogan in their recently approved financial viability plans. Paving the way for the seamless registration of his contract. The club also received confirmation for the new contract of their midfield sensation, Gavi, earlier this week.
The opportunity to play under the guidance of Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has been a major allure for Gundogan. He has previously expressed his admiration for Xavi, describing him as one of his heroes. In his own words, Ilkay Gundogan stated, “There were players like Zidane or Xavi, or even a player like Andrea Pirlo. They are players I loved to watch and enjoyed very much—maybe the reason is that I play a similar position to them.”
As the deal nears completion, Barcelona fans eagerly anticipate the official announcement of Gundogan’s arrival. The midfield maestro’s wealth of experience and technical prowess will undoubtedly bolster the team’s midfield options. Adding a new dimension to their playing style.