FC Barcelona might announce the signing of one of many fundamental stars of Manchester Metropolis’s probably treble-winning crew following Saturday’s Champions League ultimate, in response to Mundo Deportivo.
Ilkay Gundogan will captain Pep Guardiola’s males towards Inter Milan, contemporary off the again of his brace towards crosstown rivals Manchester United which sealed the FA Cup and a home double final week.
SPORT reported in Could that Barca had satisfied Gundogan to show down an extension provide from Metropolis and agree a three-year contract with them.
Earlier than the weekend, rival publication Mundo Deportivo stories that, following the failure to land Lionel Messi, who in latest days introduced he’ll be part of Inter Miami, Barca wish to finalize Gundogan’s signing as quickly as doable.
MD confirms SPORT‘s stories, in that the veteran will pledge his future to the Catalans for not less than three phrases, and so they wish to have all the things wrapped up within the coming hours if doable.
This might then enable Barca to announce Gundogan’s signature on Saturday night approaching midnight in Europe, after Metropolis have maybe received their first ever Champions League crown since ending runners-up to Chelsea in 2021, or Inter Milan have lifted their fourth.
Following the fixture, Gundogan might then head off to worldwide responsibility with Germany as a Barca participant for friendlies towards Ukraine, Poland, and Colombia.
The truth that he’s possible set to depart Metropolis and has turned down renewal provides from them is communicated by the Etihad giants already making an attempt to signal a alternative in Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic with whom they’ve already agreed private phrases in response to switch market knowledgeable Fabrizio Romano.
Gundogan ought to be the primary summer time signing that Xavi Hernandez wants, in considered one of 4 key areas as specified by the top coach in interviews conceded this week.
A pivot alternative is required for outgoing captain Sergio Busquets above all, however Xavi additionally stated he wants one other midfielder which is the place 32-year-old Gundogan is available in.
Xavi would additionally like a backup striker for Robert Lewandowski, plus a left winger with Ansu Fati or Ferran Torres probably offered and a proper again.