FC Barcelona Sets Sights on Ilkay Gundogan as Lionel Messi Alternative

June 16, 2023 7:34 am

After failing to secure the signing of Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona has shifted its focus to acquiring Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City during the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 32-year-old midfielder will become a free agent on July 1, making him an enticing target for the Catalan club.

However, Manchester City is determined to keep Gundogan and has presented him with a contract renewal offer following their historic treble triumph, potentially increasing the likelihood of him staying at the Etihad. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive football betting odds from Gclub.

In the midst of these negotiations, Gerard Romero reports that Gundogan’s agent has requested a guarantee from Barcelona that the midfielder will be officially registered if he decides to join the La Liga champions in the summer.

Previous reports have indicated that there is a verbal agreement between Barcelona and Gundogan for a three-year contract worth €27 million.

However, due to Barcelona’s ongoing Financial Fair Play concerns, they cannot finalize his registration unless they are able to offload some players in the coming weeks.

As a result, Gundogan’s agent is seeking reassurances that his client’s registration will proceed smoothly if he decides to sign with the Blaugrana, aiming to avoid a situation similar to Messi’s negotiations, where his entourage made similar requests before his move to Inter Miami.

Barcelona is eager to provide Gundogan’s camp with the necessary assurances to secure his signing and hopes to avoid any complications. The treble-winning midfielder is expected to make a decision regarding his future in the coming days, with interest also coming from Arsenal and Saudi Arabia. However, the choice is likely to come down to Barcelona or remaining with Manchester City. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Gclub Sports.