IIkay Gundogan is set to leave Manchester City this summer after being told he is free to find a new club Daily Mail reports. The report adds that Club ‘Chiefs’ said he is free to explore other options as his current one enters the final year of his contract at city in July.
Gundogan is one of Pep’s key man, but he has fallen out favour by his recent injuries which limited his playing time. The report further says, “While his club insist any talks would happen in the summer, it is understood that it has been communicated to the player that an extension to his existing deal is unlikely.”
He fuelled speculation as he was seen on a private jet heading to Madrid, however those rumours were seemingly quashed following a brilliant personal announcement. Gundogan revealed he has married his model fiancée Sara Arfaoui in a private ceremony at a location in Europe.
With his future up in the air and likely to intensify in the off-season, a number of other transfers could be seen coming in and out of the Etihad.
On other news Manchester City are said to be interested in Brighton full back Marc Cucurella. The Citizens are readying up 30 million Euros for the inform Spaniard left back according to the Guardian, the move is expected to happen this summer and the manager Pep Guardiola said last week he wants to add ‘hungry’ players and the 23-year-old fits the bill, the report claims.
With Benjamin Mendy’s lengthy absence due to the ongoing sexual allegation trial, the left back position has been filled up by Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo, but with Kyle Walker also side-lined for the most part of the season due to injuries, Pep utilised Cancelo’s versatile to play him on either flank. Cucurella’s addition would be a much-needed booster to City’s full back depths and he perfectly ticks all the boxes wanted by Pep from a full-back.
Arsenal are said to be weighing up their options this comes after being told by City that they demand 55 million euros for the services of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus reports ESPN.
The reports add that “the amount is based on City’s respect for the forward who has scored 95 goals in 235 appearances, but also a desire to recoup the 60 million Euro fee paid to Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland.” Given City have secured the Haaland signature it looks more likely that they wouldn’t mind losing Jesus, although the player is much admired by Pep.
City take on Aston Villa on Sunday in a much-anticipated last day of the Premier league title race, and in what would be a last day for the skipper Fernandinho in City colours as he announced earlier this year that this is his last season at City.