In a recent report from Manchester Evening News, it was mentioned that Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan falls in the bracket of Barcelona’s last recruitment drive. The Catalan club is looking for reinforcements to strengthen their squad and they are known for bringing in highly experienced free transfers.
It is understood that the German midfielder’s contract with the Sky Blues ends this season and the Spanish giants could potentially bring him to Camp Nou.
Gundogan’s Recent Run Of Form At Manchester City
Gundogan has had a decent start to his campaign this season as 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 a key player for Guardiola as he has been reliable and consistent in the holding positions of the midfield. He has been averaging 1.5 shots, 1.0 tackles and 2.0 key passes per game in the Premier League this season. He has also been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 90.1% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).
Should Guardiola Sanction Gundogan’s Exit?
Ilkay Gundogan is a relentless midfielder as he has a high work rate both in defence and offence. The German international can time his tackles well and make some crucial interceptions to win the ball back for his side. Furthermore, he excels at distributing the ball to his teammates and can make a few decisive passes to open up chances in front of the goal.
The 31-year-old is a seasoned veteran and remains highly experienced as he has played in various European competitions throughout his career. His addition could certainly add more depth and bring more creativity to the midfield department of any club.
With less than a year left in his contract, 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 would have to identify a decent replacement to fill in his shoes.