The German international is a target for the Catalan giants
Ilkay Gundogan is already very close to joining Barça. Despite the interference of Manchester City and Arsenal, the player wants to end his era in the Premier League and open a new experience in the Spanish league and seems to have already given the total OK to the operation. It has been fundamental that the Blaugrana club has guaranteed him three years of fixed contract to win the game despite the fact that nothing has been signed yet. Gundogan will announce his future after the Champions League final against Inter Milan.
Barça moved tidily for Gundogan by already negotiating his new contract during February and taking advantage of his lack of agreement with City to renew. Initially, the Blaugrana offered him two years because of his age, moving on to an optional third year, which has become fixed in order to put an end to the player's reluctance. The player's salary has been adjusted, but in return he has won a long-term contract that guarantees he will finish his professional career at the highest level at the Blaugrana.
The involvement of the coach, Xavi Hernandez, in the talks has also been very important. Xavi has explained the project and his role in the team and has been convincing the player to choose Barça. And it has not been easy because Manchester City have pushed until the last moment to renew him and Arsenal had also made him a very strong financial offer.
Xavi believes that Gundogan can be an important signing because he can play both inside and in the pivot position. He comes at zero cost and is an immediate performer who has shown he is in one of the best moments of his career.