Manchester City closing in on German star

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is on his way to join Manchester City in the summer. According to Sky Sports, the Citizens are in advanced negotiations with the Bundesliga Club over the transfer of the 25-year-old.

However, both clubs remain £8 million apart in their valuation, as City are currently offering £28 million while Dortmund are standing firm on their valuation of £36 million.

Pep Guardiola, who will take charge of City in summer, sees Gundogan as a key part of his plans at the Etihad and has instructed the club to complete the move for the player.

Sky Sports further claims that City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain held a meeting with the player’s uncle and agent, Ilhay Gundogan, in March to discuss the personal terms.

The German international will stand to earn £4.8 million after tax per season wages during his stay at the club.

Gundogan’s current contract with Dortmund expires in 2017, and he has refused to sign an extension despite various attempts from the Bundesliga club. The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus were also linked with the player, but now it seems like City have won the race for his signature.

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