Barcelona are “highly interested” in snapping up Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg.
The reporter claims that talks over extending the club captain’s contract at the Etihad beyond the end of the season have not progressed and Barca are keeping tabs on his situation:
News #Gündogan: In terms of a new contract at #MCFC he is not in a hurry. Expires in 2023. Important for him is the future decision of Guardiola. Loose talks about a new 2 or 3-y-c. No decision until spring 2023. Barcelona is highly interested in Ilkay. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/xfHv8YosrB
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) November 14, 2022
Supporters on Twitter are not that surprised that the La Liga side are looking to sign another one of their players, but they don’t believe Gundogan would consider a move to the Camp Nou:
No surprise there as their current transfer strategy is “filter to free agents”
— James (@JMC_OfficiaI) November 14, 2022
He can't downgrade to Europa man
— 🕊️Priceless Theo🕊️ (@PricelessTheo) November 14, 2022
Brokelona won't get tired of chasing our players
— thee sevestian (@BonOtieno07) November 14, 2022
Not this again
— 𝙅𝙤𝙚𝙡 ⛈ (@Joelthe5TH) November 14, 2022
Nah he Gundogan doesn't want to play in a broke club that plays on Thursday Night in Europa league 😂😂😂
— TikiTakamerchant_10 (@Jeetmcfc07) November 14, 2022
They should be interested in not going bankrupt
— ⁹⁹Txrret 🏴☠️ (@AbzSemtex) November 14, 2022
As Plettenberg also mentions, Gundogan has made it clear that Pep Guardiola‘s future will also have a bearing on whether he stays in Manchester.
The Spaniard’s contract also expires in the summer, and it looks as if Gundogan may be waiting to see what his manager decides to do. Barcelona are not thought to be the only club interested in the German internationak, with Bayern Munich and Arsenal having also been linked with the player in recent months.