Barcelona’s New Signing: Ilkay Gundogan

FC Barcelona has confirmed the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City. The German international has joined the Catalan club on a free transfer, marking a new chapter in his illustrious career.

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan, who has been a key player for Manchester City, has signed a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for an additional year. The deal includes a staggering £340m release clause. This move comes after Gundogan’s successful stint at Manchester City, where he won 12 major trophies in seven years, including the recent treble.

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Gundogan’s departure from Manchester City was met with mixed feelings. While the club was keen on retaining him, the length of the deal on offer – one year plus an option of a further 12 months – was a sticking point for the 32-year-old. Gundogan’s decision to move to Barcelona indicates his ambition to continue playing at the highest level and add more trophies to his collection.

At Barcelona, Gundogan will be joining a team that won La Liga last season but struggled in Europe. The club’s manager, Xavi, will be hoping that Gundogan’s experience and trophy-winning pedigree will bolster the team’s performance in the coming seasons.

Gundogan’s departure from Manchester City is a significant loss for the club. However, the Premier League champions have already taken some precautions against Gundogan’s exit, with Chelsea and Croatia star Mateo Kovacic expected to undergo a medical at the club ahead of a £25m move.

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