Ilkay Gundogan

“The Blaugrana have all but sealed focused on a deal for the former Man City star, Ilkay Gundogan, but he might not be the right fit for Xavi’s diamond midfield. When Erling Haaland (Man City Player) went through an eerie dry spell towards the end of the season, and had the audacity to fail to score in a handful of games, Man City required another attacking option.


Their answer to their mystical striking force momentarily faltering was a silky central midfielder. Over a crucial four-game stretch, Ilkay Gundogan bagged four goals and two assists, emerging as a potential point of failure as they held off Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

He was at it again in the FA Cup final, scoring both of City’s goals against a dogged Manchester United side, playing a central role as his team lifted their second of three trophies in a historic season.

That run captured one element of Gundogan’s game: the sneakily impactful goal scorer. But there are other versions, too. There is Gundogan the creator, Gundogan the composed distributor, and Gundogan the dribbler. You can also find an article for this post on our website.

Pep Guardiola has fashioned a near-perfect attacking midfielder out of an injury-prone player whose career was slowly fading due to a series of fitness issues. But his time at the Etihad Stadium appears to be coming to an end, and Barcelona has signed this excellent player for a two-year deal.

Although they now have him, Gundogan is not the player the Blaugrana needed. At Man City, he’s a cult hero and Premier League champion. For Barca, he is a misfit, and not the type of player the Blaugrana require to defend their La Liga crown.

There are many good things about Gundogan, and any team would want to have him, regardless of his exact role. And at nearly 33, he would perhaps also be willing to concede that he couldn’t be a regular for the Blaugrana — not with youngsters Gavi and Pedri buzzing around the midfield.

But the issue is, Barcelona is in massive financial trouble once again. Right now, there is no clear path for them to officially register the four players they have handed contract extensions to in the last 18 months. La Liga president Javier Tebas, not exactly known for his ability to coalesce with Barcelona, has made it clear that they need to address the €200 Million (178.8m/$220m) debt before they can even think about signing players.”


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