Almost a year ago, news broke in Germany that Manchester City wanted to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Julian Weigl ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival. It was reported by Sky Sport (Germany) that City planned a €25 million offer for a player they saw as an ideal Yaya Touré replacement.
— Sven Töllner (@Sky_SvenT) January 13, 2016
Sport Bild reported similar, but the transfer window ended and Weigl remained a BVB player.
The young pass master was again linked in the summer, but having sold his midfield partner İlkay Gündoğan to City, Borussia Dortmund were in no mood to also let the 21-year-old go.
Now, reports that Pep Guardiola wants to add the Germany international to his squad have resurfaced. According to BILD, Weigl is a serious target for Manchester City, and is also admired by FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
— BILD BVB (@BILD_bvb) November 30, 2016
Guardiola is said to have wanted Weigl while at Bayern Munich, but it was Dortmund who signed him from 1860 Munich and in doing so found one of Germany’s most talented young gems. Since joining the Bundesliga side, Weigl has impressed everyone with his tactical intelligence and exquisite passing ability.
BILD notes that Weigl is under contract until 2019, but is considered vastly underpaid. In fact, it is reported that he could earn four times more by joining Pep at City than he currently does in Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc sees the problem and wants to increase Weigl’s salary, while also extending his contract by at least another year.
BVB are hopeful of retaining Weigl, who is key to the way Thomas Tuchel’s side play, but BILD claims Pep sees a chance to lure the player to Manchester, where he would reunite with Gündoğan in the City midfield.
City are almost certain to add at least one central midfielder to the squad next summer. Despite his comeback, Yaya Touré is out of contract next year and the likelihood is that he will move on. Fernando has proven a reliable squad option, but Guardiola may feel he can be upgraded. And Fabian Delph has been injured so regularly since his move from Aston Villa that City fans aren’t really sure how good he is.
Could Julian Weigl be one of Guardiola’s recruits next summer as he continues to rebuild the Manchester City squad in his own image?