Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is Barcelona’s first choice midfield signing this summer according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The reports suggest that Barcelona would only be willing to move if there were guarantees in place that Gundogan’s back injury, which has kept him sidelined all season, was not at risk of relapsing in the future.
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Barcelona may well be in the market for a midfielder this summer, even though they have the up and coming Sergi Roberto playing his way into the first team squad, as it is widely expected that Xavi Hernandez is going to call time on his career at the Nou Camp.
As well as Xavi’s potential departure, Alex Song has long been linked with a move away while the on-loan Rafinha is not certain to want to return after his loan spell at Celta Vigo.
Gundogan denied that he suffered from spondylolisthesis back in February and if true, it would go some way to giving Barcelona the guarantee they want but as is the case with injuries in football, nothing can be truly guaranteed. They’d have to take a risk on Gundogan if they signed him just like any team will.
Manchester United signing at least one midfielder this summer is seen as an inevitability rather than a probability because of how poor the season has gone but it doesn’t mean it will be easy for us to sign our top targets. If Barcelona having genuine interest in Gundogan would certainly make it more difficult for United to sign him.