Saudi Arabian clubs have become a significant obstacle for Barcelona ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
Al-Hilal’s pursuit of Lionel Messi has already been well-documented, although the Argentine has remained firm in his desire to return to the Camp Nou this summer.
Now, the Catalan outlet sports Another Saudi Arabian club, Al-Ittihad, are reportedly targeting Barcelona’s premier midfield target Ilkay Gundogan. The report suggests that the Saudi giants are set to sign the Manchester City star, whose contract at the Etihad expires at the end of this season.
Gundogan’s future has been hotly debated in the market this year as many expected him to leave Man City ahead of the new season. To that end, Barcelona has emerged as a potential destination.
Al-Ittihad are ready to fight for the German international’s services. Saudi giants have been in the news recently Securing the Services Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema.
They are now looking to go one step further by bringing in Gundogan on a free transfer this summer.
Gundogan rejects Saudi move, says full agreement with Barcelona
Despite interest from Al-Ittihad, Ilkay Gundogan is reportedly not keen on the idea of a move to Saudi Arabia this summer. Gerard Romero.
The Spanish journalist claims the Manchester City midfielder will not be moving to the Middle East just yet. He wants to either sign a new contract and stay at the Etihad or try a new adventure with a move to Barcelona.
The star has enjoyed his life as the captain of the side, leading them to the FA Cup and Premier League titles this season. He is now eyeing a historic treble when Man City take on Inter Milan in the Champions League final this month.
This has led many to believe that he is likely to extend his contract at Man City. But recent reports suggest the midfielder has already reached a ‘complete agreement’ with Barcelona and will soon finalize a move to the Camp Nou.
The three-year deal is worth up to €27 million, with the player earning €9 million per season.