Ilkay Gundogan has played a pivotal role in Manchester City's success this season, with the German having been a regular feature in a team that has claimed a fifth Premier League title in the space of six seasons. While the midfielder is likely to help them land more trophies before the campaign has finished, could he be seeking pastures new after the season is over?
Gundogan’s future at the Etihad Stadium is unclear despite the fact that he’s been one of the Pep Guardiola’s generals this season. The 32-year-old is out of contract at Manchester City this summer, and it’s possible that he will call time on amazing stint with the Cityzens, which started in 2016
Although bookmakers still think there’s a strong possibility that Gundogan will remain at Manchester City and sign a new contract with the champions of England, there is speculation that Barcelona could be interesting in landing him, while Arsenal are also reported to be interested in snaring yet another star from the north-west giants.
Ilkay Gundogan was relatively unknown in England when arriving at Manchester City from Dortmund in the summer of 2016, but he will now go down as one of the best midfielders in the history of the Premier League. The 32-year-old has made 187 appearances for the Cityzens in the league and scored an impressive 44 goals despite often playing in a holding role.
Gundogan has helped City win all five titles in the past six seasons along with a host of other silverware. Given his still-important role, City could offer him a short-term contract that would see the German continue with a club he holds dear to his heart.
On the flip side, we have seen other high-profile players move on at an advancing age, and perhaps Pep might feel as though he’s had the best years of Gundogan, with Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero among the players who have previously been allowed to leave the club when in the latter parts of their careers.
If Ilkay Gundogan decides it’s the right time to leave Manchester City this season, perhaps the German will switch to the Camp Nou and enjoy the chance to represent La Liga champions Barcelona next season. Barca have always been a big draw to world-class players around the world, and the former Dortmund player might jump at the chance to head to Spain.
Barca were able to win the La Liga title under Xavi this season, and the manager might look to recruit a player who has a similar style to his own when he played for Barcelona and Spain.
The odds with football betting sites suggest that Gundogan could be heading to Barcelona and representing them in the Champions League next term. At least this would mean he wouldn’t line up against City domestically, which would almost certainly suit Pep Guardiola.
It’s possible that yet another Manchester City player could make the switch from the Etihad to the Emirates this summer. After Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko signed for Arsenal last summer, perhaps the stage is set for Gundogan to make a similar move and it would be a transfer that would be widely acclaimed by Arsenal supporters.
After all, Gundogan would slot seamlessly into central midfield where Arsenal have often been lacking options, especially when Thomas Partey has been injured. The fact that the London side are also competing in the Champions League next term means a bigger squad is essential.
There have been media reports that Arsenal are plotting a move for Gundogan, with the player having worked with Mikel Arteta at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola’s assistant. Having scored nine goals for City this season, he has provided a goal threat among other things and the odds with betting sites suggest a move to Arsenal could be on the cards.
Bayern Munich have had their trials and tribulations this season, and Thomas Tuchel will surely be looking for new players as he aims to reshape his squad ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. One of those new recruits could be Ilkay Gundogan, who might be keen for a return to his native Germany after seven years away.
Bayern could certainly afford this player and recently acquired Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on a loan deal with an option to buy. Perhaps Gundogan could be drawn by the prospect of working with Tuchel and helping the Bavarian side return to Bundesliga title-winning ways after a difficult campaign.
A player’s age doesn’t seem to be a huge factor for Paris St-Germain considering they have signed players like Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos despite their best days being behind them. Marquee signings are often the name of the game at this club, and they might be interested in a midfielder who looks set to help Manchester City win a historic treble in England.
Financially, PSG would be able to come up with a lucrative package for a player such as Gundogan, although the prospect of turning out for the Ligue 1 team might not appeal for a midfielder who would want to get guaranteed first-team football, and there have often been situations at the Parc des Princes where that hasn’t happed to big signings. The odds with most betting apps suggest he may be a long shot to land in Paris at present.