According to German outlet Sport Bild, Arsenal and Barcelona are interested in Manchester City midfielder İlkay Gündoğan.
Gündoğan’s contract at the Etihad expires at the end of June and reports suggest the Citizens are only willing to offer the 32-year-old a one year deal.
“I personally want Ilkay to be here next season,” said the City boss Pep Guardiola.
The German international would like a longer-term deal but the Premier League champions have a policy that only one-year contracts are available for ‘older’ players.
As such, Gündoğan may leave the club on a free transfer after seven years in Manchester.
Granit Xhaka is set to leave Arsenal this summer and it appears the Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta has set his sights on his former player to replace the Swiss international. Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant manager at City before joining the North London club in December 2019.
Gündoğan can negotiate with other English clubs from June 10th.
Mark Marston | Get Football