Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan is poised to hitch Barcelona, the PA information company understands.
The Germany worldwide, who’s out of contract this summer time, now appears unlikely to resume phrases with the treble winners.
City had provided the 32-year-old a brand new one-year contract with the choice of an extra 12 months however Barca are understood to have offered a extra tempting three-year, and extra financially-rewarding, package deal.
City are comfy with the state of affairs and the participant would go away with their blessing.
The growth comes on the identical day City are understood to have agreed a £30m take care of Chelsea to signal midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The champions are set to pay an preliminary £25m for the 29-year-old with an extra £5m to observe in potential add-ons.
Kovacic, who joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2018, is getting into the ultimate yr of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
City now count on to finish formalities with the participant and an official announcement will observe in the end.
Kovacic’s versatility and expertise would go some option to compensating for the lack of Gundogan.
The influential former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has received 5 Premier League titles, two FA Cups, 4 League Cups and the Champions League in his seven years at City.
This yr Gundogan lifted three trophies as City grew to become solely the second English facet to win the treble.
The membership had been eager to retain his providers however, given his age, didn’t wish to match Barcelona’s supply and have taken a realistic resolution.
Kovacic would arrive at City as a four-time Champions League winner having been a member of Chelsea’s victorious facet in 2021 and triumphed on three events with Madrid. He additionally had a spell with Inter Milan earlier in his profession.