It’s a chance to get a quality midfielder for free.
“FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have entered the race for Ilkay Gundogan (32, Manchester City),” German outlet Bild reported on June 6, adding, “Gundogan is currently out of contract with City. His future is unclear and he could leave the club.”
Guendouane is a key midfielder for the English Premier League (PL) champions. His goal-scoring prowess at the end of the season has helped fuel City’s treble challenge. Most notably, in the FA Cup final against Manchester United, he was responsible for two goals in a 2-1 victory.
The midfielder is still a quality player, but it’s unclear if he’ll stay with his current club. Guendouane’s contract with City ends at the end of this season. No new contract has been signed. The two sides are in disagreement over the length of the contract. “Guendouane wants a two-year contract, but City only want a one-year deal,” Bild explained.
As a result, big clubs have entered the fray. Spanish giants Barcelona want Guindoan to strengthen their midfield. Barcelona have reportedly been monitoring the player’s situation for months.
However, there is a catch. According to Bild, Barcelona’s financial situation is an obstacle to signing Guendouane. It’s unclear if they’ll be able to meet the Spanish La Liga’s salary cap.
Meanwhile, his hometown club Dortmund want him back. The money is there. Jude Bellingham (19) is headed to Real Madrid. The transfer fee is expected to be around 120 million euros ($167.9 billion). “Dortmund could sell Bellingham and then sign Gundogan,” said Bild, adding, “He has a good relationship with the club. Dortmund have been in constant contact with the player 메이저놀이터.”
However, the player’s agent was coy about the future: “His future is undecided. He hasn’t signed a contract with City or any other club yet. He is focused on the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final.”