Barcelona have been linked with the move for veteran Manchester City midfielder Ilkay gundogan for a while now.

A report from Spanish publication AS claims that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has been in contact with Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan regarding a summer move. The 32-year-old German international will be a free agent in the summer, and Barcelona are hoping to snap him up.

Apparently, the initial contacts with the player’s representatives have been positive. And Gundogan is prepared to join Barcelona and take a pay cut. The Catalan club are going through economic difficulties, and they will not be able to afford his wages from Manchester City.

The German international is ready to leave Manchester City, and he remains open to joining Barcelona. But it remains to be seen whether the two parties can iron out the details and get the move across the line.

The 32-year-old has been a key player at Manchester City since joining the club and he has been a regular starter for Pep Guardiola. The Spanish manager would have wanted to hold on to him for as long as possible. But the Premier League champions are powerless to stop him from leaving because of his contract situation.

Gundogan has been a reliable performer under Pep Guardiola.(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gundogan has proven himself in the Premier League over the years and will be hoping to pursue a new challenge now. The 32-year-old could prove to be an excellent acquisition for Barcelona, especially on a free transfer. His arrival would allow the Catalan club to rotate players like Frenkie de Jong from time to time. And he will add more quality and depth to the side as well.

The German international has proven his quality in the Bundesliga and the Premier League in the past. He will be hoping to make his mark in Spanish football now. Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world. So it is no surprise that the Manchester City midfielder is open to joining them.

He will be hoping to win the Spanish league title and the UEFA Champions League with them in the coming seasons. Meanwhile, the veteran midfielder will be hoping to finish his stint with Manchester City on a high and help them win some major trophies before leaving the club.

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