According to SPORT Barça no longer have any doubt. Ilkay Gundogan is the player they need to reinforce their midfield for the next sporting project. The German international had a great game against Bayern. So the interest and Barca are going to press financially so that his incorporation does not escape. They do add that Gundogan asked for a very high salary. But Barça are clear that there is room to reach an agreement. The player and his entourage want him to come to Barcelona.
It’s unclear if the display vs Bayern changed what was already a genuine interest to sign Gundogan. But it’s clear that he fits the plan of the club to sign a midfielder that can be creative enough to cover for Pedri. Moreover, he can also play well as a defensive midfielder. The sports department at Barca has sounded out a number of midfielders. But it looks like the choice is Gundogan. His contract is up and he is is yet to renew with Manchester City, Barça’s interest in him is clear for months now. His idea is to finish his career at the highest level at Barcelona. Although an economic agreement has to be reached. Gundogan and his entourage wanted to keep the player’s current wage in England. But that will not be possible, although Barça are exploring formulas with a longer contract than the two years envisaged.
Adding more quality to the midfield
The sporting area and the coaching staff approver the signing of Gundogan long time ago. They consider that his versatility could be key in the next project. He can play both as a pivot and as an interior midfielder. And his performance and physical condition is beyond any doubt in matches like the Champions League quarter-final.
Barça have also reassured the player’s entourage about his registration for next season. At the Blaugrana club there is total conviction that they will reduce the wage bill and will be able to sign him without any problems this summer. The key now is to find an economic agreement that is viable for both parties. Barça understand that he is a top level midfielder and will make an effort to bring him in.