Manchester City are set for a massive squad overhaul in the summer.
Pep Guardiola will arrive from Bayern Munich and there is likely to be a high turnover of players at the Etihad at the end of the season.
The Spanish boss is expected to be handed a huge transfer budget as he looks to turn a Manuel Pellegrini side into his own team.
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However, it seems as though Guardiola isn’t prepared to wait until the summer to start splashing his cash.
That’s because The Sun are reporting that City have already agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan for £30 million.
A few weeks ago, we ran a story reporting that City’s director of football, Tiki Begiristain, had met with Gundogan’s representatives and it appears a deal has finally been struck after weeks of negotiations.
The report states that the Citizens were willing to pay £28m with the German club demanding £34m. However, it now seems they have compromised with £30m and an announcement is expected to be made at the end of the season.
Benched against Liverpool
Gundogan wasn’t far from Manchester last night when his Dortmund side were beaten in dramatic circumstances at Anfield. He came off the bench during the second-half and could have been the hero with a free-kick in the 95th minute. But his effort, which was the last kick of the game, sailed harmlessly wide.
Many people were surprised to see the German midfielder not starting for Thomas Tuchel’s side but his proposed move to City could have been the reason why.
The 25-year-old has been at the Westfalenstadion for five seasons, playing 153 times for Dortmund.
In his first campaign after joining the club from Nurnberg, Gundogan helped his side win the league title as well as the German club under Jurgen Klopp.
The following season he scored a penalty in the Champions League final as they were beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich at Wembley.
Guardiola is obviously a big fan of his and knows all about him, having managed Dortmund’s title rival Bayern Munich for three seasons.
Last month, Dortmund boss Tuchel admitted Gundogan’s future was in doubt.
"Am I convinced that he will stay? I don't really know," he said, per Sky Sports.
"I can only say that once he has actually signed. I know what we can offer him and if that's enough for him to stay then so be it."
While earlier in the year, the playmaker, himself, hinted at a move.
"No decision has been made, and everything has to be carefully considered, because a career does not last forever," Gundogan told Bild, per Sky Sports.
"But to be honest, everything's open. I know what I have at the club, and I will include that in my considerations."