Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan ‘delaying new deal after hearing of Barcelona interest’… with Spanish giants keen after missing out on Georginio Wijnaldum to rivals PSG
- Ilkay Gundogan is a wanted man after a sublime season with Manchester City
- The German has two years left to run on his contract at the Etihad Stadium
- Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly showed an interest in signing him
- Gundogan is said to be waiting to see what happens before committing to City
Ilkay Gundogan is reportedly stalling on a new deal at Manchester City to see if Spanish giants Barcelona firm up their interest in him.
The Germany international has just enjoyed one of his finest seasons, and was a candidate for Pep Guardiola’s player of the season as City stormed to a title victory and Carabao Cup win.
City are looking to tie the star down to a longer contract yet Barca have made their initial interest known and the player himself is now waiting to see what happens next, according to the Sun.
Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is said to be stalling on a new deal because of Barcelona
Gundogan, 30, has just two years to run on his existing deal at the Etihad.
He has now spent the last five years at the club and was the first signing of Guardiola when he took over as City boss.
The 30-year-old is set to play a starring role for Germany at the Euro 2020
Large sections of Gundogan’s time in England have been hampered by injury, however, and it was only the most recent campaign which saw him sustain a solid run in the side.
Sportsmail however understands that no contract talks are planned with Gundogan – due to the two years remaining on his deal – however, City have no interest in selling him this summer.
Barca’s recent failure to land Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer from Liverpool means they will have to step up their search elsewhere.
The Dutchman was set to sign on the dotted line, until PSG arrived to hijack the move at the eleventh hour.
Barca have already missed out on Georginio Wijnaldum, who has snubbed them for PSG
Wijnaldum was offered better terms in the French capital, and has agreed in principle a three-year deal with the club.
Were City to go on and part ways with Gundogan, the club have been linked with a summer move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.