According to a recent report, Manchester City has emerged as the winner in the rat race of signing the ace German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in their club, ahead of Liverpool and Juventus. The would-be manager of the Citizens Pep Guardiola has palyed a huge role to land the German international in the British club and both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City have settled on a 30million fee for the player even though the German club was demanding for 34million.
This is a big blow for the other English club and the 5-times UCL winners Liverpool s they were the front runner to sign this highly rated German midfielder in the next summer transfer window. The charismatic German coach of the The Merseysiders; Jurgen Klopp, who was also a previous manger of Gundogaan at Dortmund, was looking for a midfield driving force and Gundogaan would be the perfect player to fit into that pivotal role.
The Serie A champions and the current league leaders Juventus was also pursuing this one of the most sought out midfielders of Europe to fill in the void of Arturo Vidal, who left for Bayern Munich in the last summer and came very close to sign the player there months ago, before turning their heads to other midfielders for a high market value of Gundogaan.
The 25-year old Iikay Gundogaan, one of the biggest stars of Bundesliga joined Borrusia Dortmund from Nuremberg for 4million in 2011, will not be extending his contract, which expires in the summer of 2017 as the versatile player is looking for new ventures and English Premier League would be the best place for the player for its competitive nature and to confront respectable opponents. Now it is interesting to see whether Gundogaan can flourish his game under Pep Guardiola and can cope up with the British long-ball football style like Michael Ballack or he would fade just like the another German player played in EPL; Andre Schurlle.