Barcelona receive Ilkay Gundogan transfer blow from Manchester City

Barcelona receive Ilkay Gundogan transfer blow from Manchester City. Barcelona were handed a shock when PSG came in and hijacked the deal for Georginio Wijnaldum. Now that the Dutchman has signed for the Parisian side, the Blaugrana may look at other midfield alternatives in the market. Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was thought to be another target.

Manchester City cantered to the Premier League title after early hiccups in the season. Pep Guardiola’s men also won the Carabao Cup and came agonizingly close to winning the UEFA Champions League. One of the star performers for the Cityzens was Gundogan, who ended up being the club’s top scorer in the recently concluded season with 17 goals, despite being a midfielder.

Similar to Wijnaldum, Gundogan is known to make runs in the box and offer midfield solidity. The German’s credentials make him a solid option for Barcelona. He has more in the locker than Wijnaldum and Barca looking at Gundogan made perfect sense.

Manchester City are planning to upgrade their squad and will make player sales to buy a traditional striker with Harry Kane as one of the prime targets. The Premier League champions are looking to raise 80 million euros through player sales but sadly Gundogan is not on the list.
Manchester City have no intention to sell Barcelona target Ilkay Gundogan

According to Sky Sports, Manchester City have no intention to sell Ilkay Gundogan this summer. There were reports that Manchester City are uncomfortable with Gundogan delaying extension talks but Sky Sports reports state that the club is content with the contract situation.

The 30-year-old has two years left on his deal ta Etihad and there were no plans to start discussions over a new deal this summer. The German was the first signing of the Guardiola era and has excelled since coming to England in 2016. Now, he hasn’t been an undisputed starter since the start but his importance and impact has grown over the years.

Barcelona have a well stacked midfield with Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong being the leaders in the engine room. Ilaix Moriba has left everyone by surprise due to his rapid development and rise. Miralem Pjanic could possibly leave Barca with the club looking to cash in on him to generate capital and lighten the load on the wage budget.

The Blaugrana may want to sign another central midfielder and the name of AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is also attracting attention.

Does Barca need another central midfielder?

Juventus offer more money to Memphis Depay than Barcelona

Barcelona suffered a setback in their summer transfer strategy after Georginio Wijanldum dropped the idea of joining Barca at the last moment, instead, signing for PSG for a better financial package. Now, Wijnaldum’s compatriot, Memphis Depay, may also face a similar quandary.

In today’s age of exorbitant spending, Bosman transfers are rare and those transfers working out for the team is even rarer. Free transfers are frugal, low-risk solutions with the club only having to pay sign-on fees and salaries. Now, these expenditures are not small but compared to the potentially hefty transfer fee that could’ve gone to the previous club, free transfers are the best workable solutions.

So, whenever a free agent is available in the market, clubs swarm around the player and offer him the best proposal possible to acquire his signature. Generally, Barcelona is not a club that indulges a lot in free transfers but keeping the fragile financial condition in mind, free transfers were the smartest solution to upgrade the squad.

Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia have already signed for Barcelona on a free transfer. Dutch pairing of Wijnaldum and Depay were also to follow the former Manchester City duo to Barcelona. The deal for Wijnaldum was very close too, with Barca also planning medicals in the Netherlands until PSG sprung up in the last moments to hijack the deal. The French giants offered a hefty salary compared to what the Blaugrana were offering and the Liverpool man agreed to join Les Rouge et Bleu.
Juventus offer better salary package to Memphis Depay than Barcelona

Now, the Depay deal could also head to a similar road. Barcelona for weeks have been negotiating with Depay and the club is ready to offer a three-year contract to the 27-year-old. With Ronald Koeman set to continue as the Barca manager, the Depay deal looked imminent with the Catalans confident of the free transfer.

The Lyon striker always had admirers in Juventus and PSG. Now, as per Mundo Deportivo, Juve still holds interest in the Dutchman and Juve have improved their offer, raising the salary by 3 million euros in comparison to Barcelona’s offer and also offering a four-year deal compared to Barca’s three.

The Blaugrana want to avoid another Wijnaldum-esque deal collapse and have taken steps to amend their proposal. Barca is now willing to offer a three-year deal with an option for another additional year. However, the club doesn’t want to go on a bidding war and raise the salary package, especially when the board is trying to massively trim the oversized wage bill.

Barcelona are not only offering more economical proposals to the new arrivals but also hoping to reduce the wages of the current stars at the club to contain the financial damages. The UEFA EURO 2020 is also seen as a hurdle in some transfers as players want to slow down negotiations and hope they perform well in the International tournament which helps their agents to paint a better picture of them and attract better offers.

Depay deal is currently not closed yet but Barcelona will be hoping to get the deal done before Bianconeri further improve their offer or Depay changes his mind.

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