In a recent report from Manchester Evening News, it was mentioned that Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is being targeted by Juventus. The German international becomes a free agent at the end of this season but the Old Lady are willing to offer a transfer fee to sign him in January instead.
Gundogan’s Recent Run Of Form At Manchester City
Gundogan remains a key player in Man City and he is putting in some influential displays at the centre of the park. He has managed to score two goals and create an assist for the Mancunian giants so far across all fronts.
The Gelsenkirchen-born sensation has been very reliable for Guardiola in the holding positions of the midfield and he has been performing consistently for the team. He has been averaging 1.5 shots, 1.0 tackles and 2.0 key passes per game in the Premier League this season.
Furthermore, he has also been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 90.1% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).
Should Guardiola Sanction Gundogan’s Exit?
Ilkay Gundogan has a solid presence in the midfield as he works relentlessly both in the offence and defence. The German international doesn’t dive into tackles maintaining his composure and he can make some crucial interceptions to win back possession for his team. Furthermore, he excels at distributing possession to others around him and can make a few decisive passes to create some decent chances in front of the goal.
The 31-year-old has excellent awareness of the field which allows him to make a few dangerous runs inside the penalty box. His addition could certainly add more depth and bring more creativity to the midfield department of any club.
With Gundogan’s contract due to expire within a year, Pep Guardiola would have to offer him an extension in order to keep him at the Etihad. However, if the Spanish tactician decides to sanction his exit, he could certainly accept an offer from Juventus who are willing to pay a transfer fee which could prove to be highly beneficial for all parties here.