Ilkay Gundogan could open the doors for a move to Barcelona in the summer as he inches closer to a Manchester City exit.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Ilkay Gundogan could depart Manchester City in the summer and choose Barcelona as his next destination. The Catalans are keen on signing the ‘free agent’ when the season ends as they dwell deep into their financial crisis.

Ilkay Gundogan’s future could become a subject in the summer, as the midfielder’s time at Manchester City could end. After a trophy-laden time under Pep Guardiola, the German could seek a new challenge, as there’s no talk of a contract extension.

The midfielder will turn 33 in October of this year, and while Man City could remain open to retaining him, the chances seem low. Gundogan may have departed last summer, but Pep Guardiola convinced him to stay put as he is one of their most important players.

As his contract ends in the summer, Gundogan can decide on his future. Barcelona feels best placed to sign the midfielder when he becomes a free agent. The Catalans remain embroiled in financial problems that may prevent them from spending big on players.

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Their finances may dictate the club to look for bargain deals, especially free agents. The idea would involve avoiding paying transfer fees and bringing in players who would improve their current squad. Gundogan’s profile certainly fits Xavi Hernandez’s system, and signing him on a Bosman deal is a bonus.

Barcelona may have wanted Bernardo Silva, but his potential €80 million price tag may dissuade them from approaching. They were also keen on Martin Zubimendi, but again, the finances involved in concluding a deal. Moreover, the La Liga chief recently claimed they would not be allowed to bring any new players, which may not prevent them from signing potential free agents.

The Manchester City star has played over 280 times for Manchester City in all competitions and won the Premier League four times during his stay here. He could look at a new challenge to further his career and remains open to joining Barcelona if the opportunity comes.

For now, Guardiola would want the German to focus on the club’s efforts to win the Premier League and do well in the Champions League. However, an extension may not materialise from a contract standpoint, as the Manchester City star will look to move on.

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