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Barcelona unlikely to follow up on interest in Manchester City star for two reasons – report

Despite reports from England and Germany that Barcelona have made Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan a major summer target, a deal is unlikely according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

The 27-year-old has the right profile to play for Barcelona, after proving to be a useful asset for Pep Guardiola’s double-winning City side last season, but there are two reasons why the Spanish champions are unlikely to move for him.

The first is that while Barça rate Gündogan’s technical attributes very highly, they consider him extremely difficult to sign because Manchester City would demand a ‘very high’ fee. Over £50million was initially reported, more than double what the Blues handed to Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

The other thing that would make Barcelona wary is Gündogan’s injury record. The German has a tendency to pick up injuries, although he was less affected by them last season, making almost 50 appearances, compared to just 16 in his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

Gündogan almost joined Barcelona in 2015 only for Luis Enrique, then in charge, to insist on Arda Turan instead, despite an agreement having been reached with Ilkay.

According to Mundo Deportivo, City have yet to open talks with Gündogan over a contract extension. His current deal runs until 2020 and with the player said to be enjoying life in the north of England, he is likely to welcome a new deal.

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