Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan joins FC Barcelona on free transfer

Ilkay Gundogan, the captain of Manchester City, has ended a 7-year stay with the Premier League team and will join FC Barcelona once his contract at the club expires. Following a season in which he helped Man City win the triple, Gundogan will sign a two-year contract with Xavi’s team, with the option for a third.

He joined City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 for an estimated £20 million and was manager Pep Guardiola’s first signing.

Since Sergio Busquets left the squad this summer, Gundogan’s transfer to Barcelona will boost Xavi’s options in the midfield. The veteran player decided to join Lionel Messi in moving to MLS side Inter Miami.

FC Barcelona affirmed the transfer in a statement via the club’s official website.

“FC Barcelona and Ilkay Gündoğan have reached an agreement for the German international to sign for the Catalans now that his contract with Manchester City has ended. He will join for two seasons, through to 30 June 2025, with the option to stay for one more year. His buyout clause has been set at 400 million euros.”

Gundogan will soon have his official presentation as a Barcelona player and he will be eager to add to his trophy collection during his stay at the Camp Nou.

 

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