Although the season is not over yet, the rumor mill has been running at full speed for a while. Also at Manchester City. The champion of England also hopes to secure the final victory of the Champions League next month, but is busy in the background keeping Ilkay Gündogan on board. The captain is in possession of an expiring contract and has nothing to complain about interest. In addition to FC Barcelona, Arsenal has also targeted him.
This is reported by the usually very well-informed David Ornstein The Athletic at least. Gundogan moved from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in the summer of 2016 and has since become an important force in Pep Guardiola’s team. The German midfielder played a crucial part in clinching the league title last season, striking twice in the memorable championship game against Aston Villa. Gündogan is also a regular face in Manchester City’s midfield this season, with which he was crowned national champion for the third time in a row on Saturday and hopes to win the Champions League on June 10.
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After the Champions League final against Internazionale, it will have to be clear what Gündogan’s next step is. The midfielder can sign with Manchester City, which has reportedly made him a new proposal. However, Gündogan can also count on the explicit interest of FC Barcelona. The Catalans would like to strengthen themselves further and due to the limited financial resources, they are mainly aiming for transfer-free players. According to Spanish media, Gundogan could sign with FC Barcelona for three years. However, he has not yet given his yes, which means that Arsenal can also hope for his arrival. According to Ornstein, Mikel Arteta hopes to sign Gundogan as a replacement for Granit Xhaha, who may leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.
A transfer from Gundogan to Arsenal would of course be a bit sensitive, especially after the title fight between Manchester City and Arsenal. For the North Londoners, the season lasted just a little too long. Now that the title fight has been decided, Arsenal can focus on next season. The Gunners stand for their return to the Champions League and therefore hope to strengthen themselves seriously. In addition to Gündogan, Declan Rice (West Ham United) and Mason Mount (Chelsea) are also linked by Ornstein to a transfer to the current number two in the Premier League. However, Mount could also look forward to interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, while Chelsea would like to break open his contract expiring in 2024.
Ornstein also reported interest in Mohammed Kudus on Monday morning. Three English top clubs would target the Ajax player as reinforcement for next season.