Barcelona pushing for Ilkay Gundogan after his Champions League show

Barcelona pushing for Ilkay Gundogan after his Champions League show

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The German international midfielder shone against Bayern as City whipped the Bavarians 3-0

Barça no longer have any doubt that Ilkay Gundogan is the player they need to reinforce their midfield for the next sporting project. The German international's display in the Champions League against Bayern has reinforced the interest and Barca are going to press financially so that his incorporation does not escape. Gundogan has asked for a very high salary, but Barça are clear that there is room to reach an agreement as the player and his entourage want him to come to Barcelona.

The sports department at Barca has sounded out a number of midfielders, but the clear choice is Gundogan. His contract is up and he is not listening to Manchester City in the face of Barça's interest as his idea is to finish his career at the highest level at the Camp Nou. His mind is made up, 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.

Gundogan has the full approval of the sporting area and the coaching staff. They consider that his versatility could be key in the next project as 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.

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