Manchester City are in ‘advanced talks’ with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky Sports.
According to Sky Sports News HQ, a meeting between Gundogan’s uncle and agent Ilhay Gundogan, and City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain took place in Amsterdam back in March, in which a contract, which would see the player earn £4.8m after tax per season (provided the two clubs can agree a transfer fee), was agreed.
Manchester City are willing to pay £28.3m for Gundogan, but the midfielder is currently being valued around £36.4m by Dortmund. However, City may eventually meet Dortmund’s asking price, as new manager Pep Guardiola sees the German midfielder as a key part of his plans.
Gundogan currently plays a pivotal role in Dortmund’s midfield, but is being sold due to his reluctance to commit his long-term future to the Bundesliga giants, especially with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2017.
Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel clearly hinted at Gundogan’s potential summer departure last month, when he talked about the 25-year-old not being interested in the new contract offered by the club.
“I know what we can offer him and if that is not enough for him to stay then so be it,” Tuchel said.