As the summer transfer season heats up, so do FC Barcelona ‘s pursuits of the predetermined goals for the next months. The departure of Lionel Messi to MLS side Inter Miami has given a big blow to Barcelona. Hence the Blaugrana team now desire on ensuring the arrival of other targets.
Barcelona set to announce the signing of Ilkay Gundogan very soon
One such priority is German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, whose contract with Manchester City expires at the end of June. This allows him to leave as a free agent. According to the most recent update on the midfielder from Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona are eager to complete his signing for the Catalans in a few days, if not hours.
Furthermore, Mundo Deportivo reports that the La Liga champions plan to publish an official statement about the signing of the German international soon after the UEFA Champions League final. Gundogan is one of Barcelona’s top summer targets. Manager Xavi Hernandez looking for an interior midfielder to bring quality and depth to his squad. This season, the 32-year-old has demonstrated that he still has a lot to contribute at the highest level. He often scores important goals for Pep Guardiola’s team. He has 11 goals and seven assists in 50 games this season. When we consider his leadership and availability on a free transfer, it’s easy to see why Barcelona is interested in signing him.
Having been crucial for Manchester City, his current club led by ex- Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, this season in leading them to a treble charge, especially in the final stretch. Hence cityzens have alo shown interest in renewing his contract with an improved offer in order to retain his services.
Ilkay Gundogan agrees to a three year deal with Barca
According to reports, Barcelona and Gundogan have already agreed on a three-year contract worth €27 million. Despite PSG’s late entry as a contender for the former Borussia Dortmund star, the Blaugrana remain confident of his acquisition. And, for the time being, the intention is to officially announce Gundogan’s signing after the Champions League final. Blaugrana, on the other hand, already have a three-year contract in place for the player. Barca are currently calm about his position on his transfer. Given that, as the report claims, reliable sources within Barcelona have been assured of Gundogan’s intention to represent FC Barcelona. Ilkay Gundogan will become the Catalans’ second signing of the summer following their signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez.
Manchester City will face Inter Milan in the finals of Europe’s greatest football event in Istanbul tomorrow night. After that, Barcelona plans to conclude the agreement with Gundogan and make an official statement about his deal. Following the UCL final, the veteran midfielder will go for the German national team camp, where Die Mannschaft will prepare for friendly matches against Ukraine, Poland, and Colombia. It remains to be seen whether Barcelona can complete the signing before then, or whether they must wait until after Gundogan’s national team duties.
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