Barcelona Want Man City’s Gundogan

AS Barcelona continue their pursuit of a new midfielder, they are showing serious interest in signing Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan on a Bosman transfer in the summer, reports Mike McGrath on The Telegraph.

The 32-year-old midfielder is in the final six months of his contract with the Cityzens and is yet to sign a new deal. It has paved the way for rumours about his future beyond the summer, with Barcelona keen on snapping up his services before next season.

Barça are likely to part ways with Sergio Busquets at the end of the season, with the club captain’s contract expiring in the summer as well. While Xavi wants the 34-year-old to stay beyond the season, there is no certainty that he will pen an extension.

As a result, the Catalans are looking for a new midfielder to take over from him. Given their financial situation, the La Liga leaders are looking for bargain buys and free transfer acquisitions to reinforce their roster.

A move for N’Golo Kante of Chelsea is also under consideration, but the Frenchman is likely to renew his contract at Stamford Bridge. It has compelled Barcelona to take a more serious interest in the services of Gundogan.

A vastly experienced individual, the German international has been critical to the success that Manchester City have achieved during the Pep Guardiola era.

And even though he would not be a long-term solution for Barça, the 32-year-old could be a handy fix for a season or two, until the club sort out their finances and sign a proper alternative for Busquets.

Gundogan could yet receive an offer from Manchester City, but Barcelona are keeping a close watch on the situation as they line up a summer move for the veteran midfielder on a free transfer.

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