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Manchester City are preparing to re-sign Ilkay Gundogan, 32.
Gundogan joined Manchester City in 2016 after spending five seasons with Dortmund, starting in 2011-12. In his first season, he made just 10 league appearances, but the following season he adapted perfectly to the English Premier League (EPL) and became a key player for the team.
Guendouane’s contract with City expires at the end of this season. City wanted to re-sign him, but he rejected the offer. However, Barcelona want him and are hoping to sign him as a free agent in the upcoming summer.
In recent days, not only Barcelona but also Arsenal have shown interest in signing him. Arsenal acquired Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from City last summer. The two players, who were not starters at City, immediately became key players for Arsenal. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping that Gundogan can follow the same path.
City had hoped to find a replacement for Guendouane if they failed to agree a new contract, but with Arsenal entering the race, they decided to try and convince him to stay. “City are set to offer Guendouane new contract terms,” The Sun reported on April 22.
City won their third consecutive league title this season. Despite their success, it was not easy to compete with Arsenal, who had been in first place all season. In particular, the club was criticized for allowing Jinchenko and Jejus to leave the club so easily, as the latter had a breakout season 안전놀이터.
In response, Gundogan is adamant that he will not be sold to Arsenal. The media said, “City’s terms of re-signing are different from Barcelona’s offer. However, City’s offer is more suitable for Gundogan,” he said.