Ilkay Gundogan, the captain of Manchester City, has decided to postpone making a decision about his future until after the Champions League Final
Next month, Gundogan’s contract expires, and Mikel Arteta wants to add him to his midfield for the upcoming season on a free transfer.
Gundogan is anticipated to receive a new contract at City, but the 32-year-old has postponed discussions about his future until after Pep Guardiola’s team has successfully finished their quest for a historic Treble. Gundogan, who would give the Arsenal midfield more goals and experience, is also attractive to Barcelona.
Their relationship with Arsenal and Gundogan won’t change. Granit Xhaka is negotiating a £13 million transfer to Bayer Leverkusen, and the Arsenal are looking to add two new midfielders as they look to compete for the title again next year. Last summer, Arteta raided his former club City to get Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko. He is also rumoured to get along well with Gundogan because of their time together at the Etihad.
After winning the Premier League on Sunday, Gundogan will captain City in the FA Cup Final on June 3 at Wembley against Manchester United and the Champions League Final seven days later against Inter Milan. City will make one more effort to sign the Germany international to a new contract after that game in Istanbul. Gundogan wants a two-year deal, but City has only offered him a one-year extension despite his crucial contribution to their title victory.
The Gunners are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount in addition to Gundogan and Rice. Although new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino views Mount as a crucial component of his rebuild at Stamford Bridge, Mount’s future is still in question. The England international’s contract expires at the end of the upcoming season, and he is not close to agreeing to a renewal after negotiations with co-owner Todd Boehly failed to make any progress.
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