According to this morning’s Guardian, Manchester City are close to making Ilkay Gündogan the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era.
The players agent and uncle Ilhan Gündogan, met the club’s Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain at a hotel in Amsterdam on Tuesday; the same day that Guardiola himself was seen arriving at the same hotel in a limousine with Begiristain. The player has a current buy-out clause in his contract at Dortmund for around £23 million, and despite signing a two-year extension at the Bundesliga club last year, it seems his next stop will be the Premier League.
According to German sports paper Bild, the meeting between the two parties lasted for around 45 minutes and City’s move for a player who is regarded as a versatile midfielder, could spell the end for Yaya Toure at the Etihad. Guardiola is thought to be keen on bringing the average age of the squad down and the Ivory Coast international is one of a host of current players who’s futures remain uncertain.
25-year-old Gündogan has been at Dortmund since 2011, making over 100 appearances for the club. He’s won 16 caps for the German National team, but unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup due to a back injury which kept him sidelined for a whole year.