Ilkay Gundogan, the skilled German player, has switched teams from Manchester City, where he was part of a triumphant season, to join Barcelona. But there’s a twist – if Barcelona doesn’t officially include him in their team before Sunday, he might just leave.
Reports from Forbes reveal that there’s a special condition in Gundogan’s contract. If Barcelona doesn’t list him as part of their team before they start their matches with Getafe, he can walk away without any cost. But there’s a catch – he would have to give up his entire year’s salary as compensation. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
News from the Spanish news outlet AS Sport has it that Gundogan has agreed to a deal that will make him earn £8.6 million every year. This deal is most likely going to be for two years, but there’s also a chance it could be extended for one more year.
As it stands now, Barcelona has only registered thirteen players for the upcoming LaLiga opening matches. Some notable names include Ousmane Dembele and Franck Kessie, both of whom might leave the team soon.
Forbes tells us that Joan Laporta, the head honcho of Barcelona, is relying on the money they could get from selling some players to bring in new ones. They’re also thinking about selling a 16 percent share of something called “Barca Studios” to a German investment firm for £56 million.
Gundogan had a pretty good season with Manchester City, scoring 11 goals and providing 6 assists in 52 games. He even scored twice against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
It’s likely that Gundogan will stick around with Barcelona. The club really wants to keep him, as he brings experience to their young midfield. The team’s coach, Xavi, is planning to build the team around him.
Even though he’s 32 years old, Gundogan played well against Arsenal and Real Madrid recently. It’s clear that Barcelona is going to fight to keep this experienced player on their side. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports.