Manchester City Transfer News: Gundogan’s future not decided ahead of Champions League final

Manchester City Transfer News: Gundogan’s future not decided ahead of Champions League final
London, England, 15th February 2023. Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: David Klein / Sportimage - Photo by Icon sport

Manchester City’s FA Cup hero Ilkay Gundogan’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. At present, the 32-year-old has yet to make a decision about where his future will be after the Champions League final.

Ilkay Gundogan was once again writing his own headlines after scoring both goals in Man City’s 2-1 victory over fierce rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. As well as headlines, Gundogan wrote his name in the history books scoring in 13 seconds, recording the fastest goal in an FA Cup final.

Next up for Pep Guardiola’s side is the Champions League final against Inter Milan on Saturday 10th June at 20:00 as they hunt down the treble.

European interest in German international

Both Barcelona and AC Milan have reportedly shown interest in signing the 32-year-old, although his huge wage demands is a potential stumbling block for both clubs.

Barcelona are hoping to propose a three-year deal in order to seal his signature, spreading the costs out as they look to bolster their midfield back in the Champions League next season.

Mikel Arteta, who previously worked with Gundogan when Pep’s number two at Man City, is also keen to hear if the German international fancies a new challenge but is keen to remain in the Premier League.

As of yet, there’s been no interest from Saudi Arabia, but with Cristiano Ronaldo and now Karim Benzema making moves out there, it may be that clubs from the Middle East may be the only ones able to afford Gundogan’s wages.

Pep makes it clear he wants him to stay

Pep Guardiola has insisted to several media outlets that he believes Gundogan will stay at the club and sign a new deal.

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He said: “Football director Txiki Begiristain is looking to persuade Gundogan to agree to a new deal. Hopefully he will be successful.” Pep added: “He has a special mentality. He knows what I think of him. He plays the big games like they are friendlies. He can cope with the pressure.”

After Gundogan’s FA Cup man of the match display, the BBC asked about his future, although the midfielder was not willing to give anything away at this stage and Gundogan noted that: “Nothing is yet to be decided. We’re going to see what’s going to happen.”

Gundogan who has scored once and assisted twice in the Champions League will be hoping to lift the club’s first Champions League on Saturday, and time will tell if it is his last game for the club.

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