When Spanish newspaper Sport published a report linking Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona on Monday, they probably didn’t expect to get a response from the German club.
But that’s exactly what they got as Dortmund hilariously trolled the newspaper on Twitter.
The report states that Gundogan has told Barcelona, one of his many suitors, that he intends to sign for City in the summer. Apparently, the Germany international will reject an offer from Dortmund to extend his contract and will join Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.
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Dortmund were having none of it, hitting back on social media by directly telling Sport: “Really? We should know about that, shouldn’t we? Truth is, we don’t know anything about that.”
It’s rare to see a football club reply to reports linking one of their own players away from the club, but then again, Dortmund have never done things in a conventional style.
From the incredible atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park, helped by the Yellow Wall’s incredible displays, to the bizarre celebrations of striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang - he’s donned Batman and Spider-Man masks in the past - Dortmund are, shall we say, different, and the football world loves them for it.
A large majority of transfer deals are completed in secret these days - Harry Redknapp revealed in his Evening Standard column that meetings are regularly held between the player and the prospective club without the parent club’s knowledge - and that could be the case here.
The report adds that Barcelona have been in contact with Gundogan since last summer, suggesting that Dortmund have been helpless to prevent business being conducted behind their back.
The 25-year-old will become one of Guardiola’s first signings should he join City in the summer. The Spaniard, who will leave his current role as Bayern Munich manager to replace Manuel Pellegrini, has been given a war chest of £150 million to turn the Citizens into one of Europe’s elite teams, according to the Guardian.
Gundogan might be available at a cut-price fee because his contract expires in 2017, but Guardiola will be forced to splash the cash if he wants to build a team capable of challenging Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern.
Juventus star Paul Pogba and Everton defender John Stones are targets, report the Daily Mail, and the talented duo will set City back £130m.
Pogba, 22, would serve as the perfect replacement for Yaya Toure, whose future at the club is said to be in doubt due to his fractured relationship with Guardiola.
One of the 43-year-old’s first acts when he became City boss in 2008 was to drop Toure from the first team in favour of Sergio Busquets, and the Ivorian’s place would be further under threat if the industrious Gundogan arrives.
But there’s no chance of that happening, Dortmund’s Twitter account will have you believe.