Ilkay Gündogan’s departure after the end of this season seems imminent, as German football Magazine “Kicker” reports that the 25-year-old German international won’t extend beyond 2017 with Borussia Dortmund.
The writing has been on the wall ever since 2014, when Gündogan was hesitant to renew his deal with the club, but was eventually forced to sign another one-year-deal due to a back-injury that kept him out for an entire season and so him miss out the 2014 World Cup.
In 2015 a very similar pattern emerged when the German international dragged out his extension with one year left on his contract.
Borussia Dortmund had already announced publicly that Gündogan won’t extend his deal with the club, only for the midfielder to put pen to paper for yet another one-year-deal, after his hopes for a lucrative offer did not materialise.
Now in 2016 it seems, as if finally the right offer was on the table for Gündogan, who reportedly already agreed on a five-year-deal with Manchester City to join Pep Guardiola this summer for an alleged £30 million fee (42€ m).
Although, officially, negotiations between the clubs are yet to be held, and the transfer fee is yet to be agreed upon, only the strongest believers will stay positive about Gündogan’s stay at BVB.
Borussia Dortmund are about to lose a world-class midfielder, who will be hard to replace this summer. Even with one year left on his contract, 42€ million seem to be a bargain for Man City.