According to reports, Real Madrid, who are perennial powerhouses in La Liga, are mulling over the possibility of signing playmaker Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City
Ilkay Gundogan is reportedly attracting attention from Real Madrid over a potential move to the Spanish club during the next summer transfer window, as reported by 90min. Pep Guardiola would want the seasoned playmaker to remain at the Etihad Stadium, despite the possibility that the German international would leave Manchester City.
Before making it to the first team level, Ilkay Gundogan honed his skills at a total of five different German teams throughout his formative years. The 31-year-old earned his reputation during a five-year tenure with Borussia Dortmund. There he established himself as one of the top playmakers in Europe. He has since moved on to play for Schalke 04 in Germany. Since joining Manchester City about half a decade ago, he has improved his game significantly. Thus, taking it to a new level each time out on the pitch.
Since joining Manchester City, the German international has played 252 times for the club. He has contributed 47 goals and 33 assists. However, the Premier League winners are in a bit of a pickle about Gundogan’s long-term future. His current deal is going to expire in the following year. Real Madrid is one of numerous high-profile teams around Europe that have taken notice of the issue.
As of July 1, Isco will be considered a free agent. So, Real Madrid may want to replace him with a more creative player in the middle of the field. Both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are in the twilight of their respective careers at the same time. Luka Modric will reach the age of 37 this year and Toni Kroos is nearing the end of his career.
Will the deal go through?
As a direct consequence of this, Real Madrid is keeping an eye on several playmakers. It includes Fabian Ruiz, and Gundogan is also a player who Los Blancos might potentially pursue. The playmaker from Manchester City will provide Real Madrid with a wealth of knowledge gained throughout his career. He may be the best short-term option to replace Modric.
To obtain the services of Gundogan, though, Real Madrid could have to compete with a few other major clubs in Europe. The German has also been linked to Barcelona and Arsenal. Real Madrid’s city rivals Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in signing him.
However, Real Madrid may also have an uphill battle in their pursuit of Gundogan. Pep Guardiola has said that he wants the playmaker, who is now 31 years old, to continue playing for Manchester City. It will be fascinating to follow the next developments in this situation and find out whether or not Gundogan decides to extend his contract with Manchester City.