Bayern Munich have already started negotiations with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan over a potential summer switch to Bavaria, according to reports
The German international’s contract at the Etihad expires at the end of the current season and reports have emerged suggesting he could walk away for free this summer. Gundogan has played 15 games for City’s this season and remains an important player for the Premier League champions, albeit he is not a guaranteed starter.
As per journalist Matthew Moretto, the 32-year-old is ‘highly appreciated’ by Pep Guardiola and Gundogan’s agent has ‘already started talks’ about potentially extending his stay at the Etihad. The Italian reporter adds Gundogan won’t make a decision on his future until after the World Cup, although there has already been communication with Bayern about a possible move.
90min also report Bayern ‘are tempted to offer him a route back to Germany’ and a move back to the Bundesliga could tempt the former Borussia Dortmund man.
However, it’s not just Bayern who are interested in Gundogan, with Moretto also claiming Paris Saint-Germain are ‘closely following the situation’ and Juventus have ‘asked about’ the player, but his high wages could pose a problem for the Old Lady.
Gundogan, who was Guardiola’s first signing since taking over at City, has played 268 games for the Premier League champions and has netted 51 times. It was his late winner against Aston Villa that handed City the title on the final day of last season, the fourth he has won in England.