Manchester City has completed the signing of IIkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund for a price around £30 million, The Sun reports. The report said there have been weeks of discussions between the sides over the transfer amount as Manchester City wanted to offer only £28 million since the player’s contract expires in one year while the German side wanted at least £34 million. Finally, the deal was completed for a £30 million.
IIkay Gundogan was reportedly one of the top targets that new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola asked the club to sign. The Spaniard wanted the players he wants to be signed before the end of the Curo 2016 as he is planning his pre-season training. The Citizens acted quickly to get Gundogan who will now complete his move as soon as the season is over.
The German is one of the strongest members of Borussia Dortmund side and manager Thomas Tuchel will surely not appreciate the player leaving the club, particularly when they are finding their feet back in the Bundesliga title competition. The Borussia giants pipped Bavarians Bayern Munich from the Bundesliga crown two times under former manager Jurgen Klopp, but their form did not last long as they were made to fought for a Europa League spot last season.
IIkay Gundogan is considered as one of the best central holding midfielders in Europe and his arrival will boost the already well-organized City’s midfield. Pep Guardiola known to be an admirer of the player has finally got his man who has failed to capture the player for his Bayern side last summer since the player has not had the match fitness. Gundogan spent almost a whole season on the sidelines due to continuous injury concerns, but now he is fully fit and is playing a vital role for Borussia Dortmund who sit second in the Bundesliga points table.
The 25-year old has scored 1 goal and made 3 assists for Borussia Dortmund this season, averaging 2 interceptions per game in all competitions with a staggering 88% pass accuracy.