·9 June 2023
·9 June 2023
Barcelona are planning to announce the signing of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan after the Champions League final.
The 32-year-old has been one of the key members of Pep Guardiola’s team this season, bagging 11 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.
However, he is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer with his current deal expiring at the end of this month.
The Catalans failed to sign Lionel Messi, who has joined Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.
According to Mundo Deportivo, they will complete a deal for Gundogan over the next few days.
Barcelona sealed the La Liga title for the first time since 2019 last term, but their performances in Europe were highly disappointing.
Manager Xavi Hernandez is keen to sign a new midfielder to add more quality and depth to his squad.
Gundogan will turn 33 in October this year, but he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.
The German moved to Manchester City in 2016 following his excellent performances at Borussia Dortmund.
He established himself as an important member of the team, racking up over 300 senior appearances for the club.
The experienced midfielder posted impressive statistics this season, averaging 1.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.9 long balls per game in the Premier League. He also boasted 88 percent passing accuracy.
French champions Paris-Saint Germain have reportedly joined the race for the 32-year-old, but he looks destined to join Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be bidding to seal a historic treble of trophies at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday.
Standing in their way will be Inter Milan, who have lifted the coveted trophy on three occasions in the past.
Fans can watch the Champions League showpiece via football live streams here.
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