Ilkay Gündogan’s ‘completely open’ future as Barcelona ‘dream club’ shows interest – report

Manchester City star and German international midfielder Ilkay Gündogan has long been a dream signing for Barcelona fans, and apparently he also views a move to Barca as a dream transfer.

That’s according to a report from reliable German outlet Bild, which claims that Gündogan is in no rush to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions and could consider leaving City this summer. With just one year remaining on his contract, the 31-year-old is said to be available at a reasonable price which could serve a Barca side struggling with serious financial problems as they look to strengthen the squad.

The report states that Barca and Juventus are the two teams that have shown interest in the player, who has had the Catalans as his ‘dream club’ since childhood. Gündogan appears to have the same wish as his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Robert Lewandowski, who also has a year left on his current deal with Bayern Munich and wants a move to Barca this summer.

The Blaugrana have already signed Franck Kessié from AC Milan for the midfield position and don’t seem set to make any other big moves in the middle of the park, but those plans will have to change if Manchester United decide to overpay Frenkie De Jong. Xavi Hernández has already made it clear that he wants Barca to replace Frenkie with Gündogan City team-mate Bernardo Silva, but Pep Guardiola’s side will certainly demand a hefty fee for the Portuguese midfielder.

If De Jong is sold and Bernardo turns out to be too expensive, then Gündogan becomes a very attractive option. He overcame the injury problems that plagued the early years of his career and became a very reliable player at City, with great passing ability and a knack for scoring big goals like the two he got last day of the Premier League season to hand City the title.

For now it’s just a rumor, but for my part, I would not be angry at all if it becomes reality.

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