27 June 2023

Ilkay Gundogan Completes Move to Barcelona, Ending Trophy-Laden Spell at Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan has left Manchester City to join Barcelona on a free transfer, ending his trophy-laden seven-year stay with the English club.

Gundogan's last act as City's captain was lifting the Champions League trophy, completing a treble of major titles for the team.

Despite Pep Guardiola's desire to keep Gundogan, the Germany midfielder opted for a new experience in Spain on a two-year contract.

Barcelona prioritized signing Gundogan to add experience to their midfield, which already features young talents Pedri González and Gavi Paez.

The debt-ridden Barcelona is still grappling with financial difficulties and may need to sell players to reduce expenses.

Gundogan's arrival at Barcelona comes as the club continues to navigate financial challenges and seeks free agents due to limited resources.

City reportedly offered Gundogan a one-year deal, while he desired a longer contract for his family's security.

Gundogan leaves City as a club legend, having played a crucial role in their successful seasons, scoring important goals and delivering strong midfield performances.