Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan, who recently won the elusive treble with the English club, has agreed to join Barcelona, according to various reports.
Gundogan has agreed a two year deal valid until June 2025 with option for further year, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The 32-year-old has made more than 300 appearances for Man City and went on to win 14 trophies at the Etihad, including five Premier League titles. He also lead City’s successful treble-winning season where they won the FA Cup, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Ilkay Gündogan to Barcelona, here we go! Final approval arrived on club side to register him as new signing, green light from the player. It’s done deal, signed few minutes ago. #FCB
Gündogan has agreed a two year deal valid until June 2025 with option for further year. pic.twitter.com/Gr467hNBms
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2023
Gundogan scored a brace against arch-rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final earlier this month. The first goal he scored in that match was the fastest goal ever scored in FA Cup final history with just over 12 seconds on the clock.
Meanwhile, City will begin its latest English Premier League title defense against Burnley, a promoted team managed by City great Vincent Kompany.
City’s trip to Turf Moor will start the season on Aug. 11 — and on a Friday night — and it’s laden with narrative because of the presence of Kompany, who spent 11 years (2008-19) at the club and has a statue outside the team’s Etihad Stadium.
City’s early season schedule looks relatively benign — the champion also plays promoted Sheffield United and host Fulham and Nottingham Forest in its first six games — before a tough-looking October when City plays Arsenal (October 7) and Manchester United (Oct. 28) away either side of hosting Brighton.