Barcelona will be ready to raise the wages of 32-year-old German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan if he leaves Manchester City to move to Camp Nou.
According to a report by Football Insider, Ilkay Gundogan will have one more reason to join Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants are ready to hike the Manchester City captain’s wages. And the 32-year-old is considering leaving the Premier League champions in the coming months.
Ilkay Gundogan was already one of the best midfielders in the world when he joined Manchester City. His arrival at the Etihad coincided with the beginning of Pep Guardiola’s stint as the City boss. And the German midfielder has been a trusted lieutenant for Guardiola while becoming the club captain this season.
The 32-year-old has made nearly 300 appearances for Manchester City, chipping in with 54 goals and 38 assists. But Gundogan’s spell with the Premier League champions might end in the summer transfer window. With the veteran star’s contract running out in a few weeks, the situation has alerted Barcelona.
The experienced midfielder is the priority target for Barcelona heading into the summer transfer window. And despite his advancing years, he is a viable target for Barcelona due to the Catalan club’s financial woes. So he could be the short-term replacement for Sergio Busquets, whose stint with the Blaugrana will end soon.
Recent reports have claimed that the 32-year-old is ready to leave Manchester City to join Barcelona. The two parties have been discussing a Bosman move in the last few weeks. And the Catalan giants are ready to submit an offer that might blow the Premier League champions away.
Barcelona will be open to hiking Gundogan’s wages if he ditches Manchester City to join them. The update does not make sense, considering Barcelona’s financial issues. But considering the German star will arrive at Spotify Camp Nou in a Bosman move, the Blaugrana can afford to pay decent wages.
Gundogan can thus secure the last lucrative contract of his illustrious career while still competing for trophies. But it will be interesting to see if Manchester City can keep hold of the 32-year-old. For now, a summer move to Barcelona is seemingly on the cards for the experienced midfielder.