Barcelona ‘have convinced Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to join them on a free this summer with a fixed three-year deal’… despite Premier League winners’ offer to keep him
- Barcelona are confident of securing Man City’s Ilkay Gunodgan, claim reports
- The club are said to have a verbal agreement on a three-year contract with him
- Spanish side Barca ‘think they can still sign Gundogan despite City’s new offer’
Ilkay Gundogan is reportedly on the verge of joining Barcelona with the Spanish club’ offer of a three-year fixed contract said to have convinced the midfielder.
The German’s City contract expires this summer, meaning clubs outside England could negotiate the terms of a free-transfer move from January.
And Barcelona have made the most appealing offer to Gundogan, who has so far rejected City’s proposals of an extension.
Sport report that the Catalan outfit initially offered him a two-year deal because of his age, with an optional third. And that third year has now become permanent to get the deal over the line.
Gundogan is said to have began by asking for a lot more money but has now compromised on a lower salary due to Barca’s perilous financial situation.
Barcelona have reportedly convinced Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to join them
It is believed the 66-cap international and his family are keen to live in Spain after several years in Manchester.
Barcelona manager Xavi is looking to bolster his midfield following the departure of Sergio Busquets after 18 years.
Gundogan has played 49 times in all competitions this season, contributing nine goals and seven assists.
Speaking last month, manager Pep Guardiola said: ‘Nobody knows what is going to happen, maybe he will stay hopefully. He can show again and again and again the quality and importance and his commitment, to all of us, to the club.
Manager Xavi is looking to bolster his midfield following the departure of Sergio Busquets
‘Not just scoring goals, now he has his momentum. Against Leeds he was the player and again (against Everton). He can do everything and everything well. He doesn’t talk much but when he talks everyone listens and this is the power of the leader.
‘He shows his leadership in every training session, arriving on time, living 24 hours your job and play like he is playing… he is so clever and he is a guy who handles the pressure well.’
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