Barcelona are reportedly considering a January transfer window move for Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan..
The 32-year-old has once again been a key player for the Citizens during the 2022-23 season, appearing in 20 games across all competitions and contributing two goals and two assists.
Gundogan has appeared in 12 Premier League games this season, as well as all six of his team’s Champions League group stage matches.
The midfielder’s contract in Manchester is set to expire in June, and there has been much speculation about his future in recent months..
Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo, is keeping a close eye on his situation with the Citizens and could make a move during the January transfer window.
According to the report, La Liga club head coach Xavi is’seriously interested’ in bringing the Germany international to Camp Nou.
As things currently stand, Barcelona would be free to hold contract talks with Gundogan at the start of 2023, but they would have to agree on a transfer fee with Manchester City in order to sign him in January.
Gundogan joined the Citizens from Borussia Dortmund in July 2016, and he has played for the club on 273 occasions in all competitions, scoring 51 goals and providing 35 assists..
During his time in Manchester, the midfielder won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and four EFL Cups.
Gundogan recently stated that his future at Manchester City could be determined by what happens with Pep Guardiola, and the Spaniard has now signed a new contract to remain the club’s head coach.
I’m quite calm, confident in my situation, and content with where I am. I don’t believe there is a choice to be made right now. When you’re in this situation, it’s natural to hear rumors “Gundogan recently told journalists.
“Also, the manager’s contract is set to expire in the summer, so I’m not sure what will happen with him – no one does..
If you look back on my career, you will notice that I was everywhere because of the manager who was there.”
Gundogan, who has also been linked with Galatasaray, is currently representing Germany at the 2022 World Cup, starting both of their Group E matches against Japan and Spain and scoring a penalty against the former on November 23.
Barcelona will be looking for at least one new central midfielder next season if Sergio Busquets leaves, as his contract expires at the end of June..
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