Man City: Barcelona ‘pushing hard’ to sign Ilkay Gundogan
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is the subject of interest from Barcelona, who are ‘pushing hard’ to sign him, according to a report.
The Lowdown: Gundogan’s future in doubt
Gundogan’s contract with Man City is set to expire at the end of the season, and while Pep Guardiola has given him the captaincy in an attempt to get him to stay, his future still remains in major doubt.
It was reported back in January that the club were in contract talks with the German about extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium, but a more recent update indicates they are unwilling to give him a two-year deal.
The Latest: Barcelona pushing
According to a report from Football Insider, Barcelona are ‘pushing hard’ to sign the midfielder on a free transfer, with manager Xavi regarding him as a top-level signing.
City have not given up on keeping the 32-year-old, but they are not close to agreeing a new contract, opening the door for a switch to the Camp Nou.
The Verdict: Worrying news
It is worrying news that Barca have their sights on the central midfielder, as he has yet again been a vital player for Pep Guardiola so far this season, making a total of 33 appearances in all competitions.
City are right to be cautious about offering the maestro a two-year deal this summer, given that he will nearly be 35 by the time it expires, however his experience could still be very useful in the dressing room, while Guardiola has also lauded him as an ‘incredible’ player.
Given that Kalvin Phillips has failed to hit the ground running at the Etihad Stadium, making just four Premier League appearances, while Rodri has also been linked with a move away, Man City’s aim should now be to resolve the contract dispute with Gundogan as soon as possible.