Ilkay Gundogan could be set for a move to Manchester City this summer according to Bild, as one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings for The Blues. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is one name who’s been regularly talked up since the announcement of Guardiola as City’s new manager, and this is the latest in a line of links between the club and player. Spanish publication Sport are also reporting that Gundogan has told Barcelona that he won’t join them, as he’s already decided to join the current Bayern Munich manager when he moves to City in July.
Following the almost season-long injury in 2013-14, after which concerns were raised about the future of Gundogan’s career, the 25-year-old has grown to be an integral part of the team once again under Thomas Tuchel. However, the German coach looks likely to lose Gundogan after spending just a season in charge of Dortmund, with City sniffing around the Germany international.
Gundogan’s contract still has another 12 months to run, so there isn’t a huge amount of pressure for him to leave in a cut-price deal, and Dortmund have made clear their desire to keep hold of the midfielder.
“We are fighting for him, and I believe that we have a chance that he will stay. The importance of Ilkay in this form is undisputed. But one can imagine that the interest from other clubs will be very large,” Tuchel said.
Bild are unclear on the fee required to take Gundogan away from the Signal Iduna Park, but given the player’s talent it is likely to be substantial. If he did complete a move to the Premier League, he is likely to be one of a number of high-profile signings this summer, as Guardiola tries to build his squad to feature younger talents and players more fitted to his style of team.