Ilkay Gundogan to Arsenal FC: Man City star to decide future after Champions League final
Gundogan will be out of contract next month and Mikel Arteta wants to sign him on a free transfer as he looks to strengthen his midfield for next season.
City are expected to offer Gundogan a new contract but the 32-year-old has put talks on his future on hold until Pep Guardiola’s side complete their bid for a historic treble. Barcelona are also interested in Gundogan, who would add goals and experience to Arsenal’s midfield.
Arsenal’s interest in Gundogan will not affect their pursuit of summer No1 target Declan Rice.
Granit Xhaka is in talks over a £13m move to Bayer Leverkusen, and the Gunners want to sign two new midfielders as they bid to start again next season after missing out on the title.
Arteta raided his former club City for Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer and is believed to have enjoyed a good relationship with Gundogan since his time at the Etihad.
Gundogan won the Premier League title on Sunday and will lead City to the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on June 3 and then to the Champions League final against Inter Milan seven days later.
After this match in Istanbul, City are expected to make their final attempts to tie the German international to a new contract. Gundogan is on the hunt for a two-year deal but so far City have only offered him a one-year extension, despite his key role in their title success.
As well as Gundogan and Rice, the Gunners are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
Mount’s future remains uncertain, although new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino sees him as a key part of his rebuild at Stamford Bridge.
The England international is out of contract at the end of next season and is nowhere near agreeing an extension after talks with co-owner Todd Boehly showed no signs of a breakthrough.
Arsenal had a £70million bid for Moises Caicedo from Brighton turned down in January and there remains another target. The Gunners are also interested in Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby and Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi.