A report has claimed that Barcelona are eyeing up Ilkay Gundogan on a free transfer this summer, amid worries over midfielders Pedri and Gavi.
What’s going on with Barcelona and Gundogan?
Despite financial issues meaning Barcelona have to heavily reduce their wage bill this summer, they are thought to be eyeing up the Manchester City star, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The club are already sweating over the future of Gavi after the young midfielder’s contract renewal was cancelled by La Liga, and they may need to find a way to register the teenager before they think about incomings.
However, Xavi would like to strengthen the depth of his midfield. An injury to Pedri has meant that the 20-year-old has missed a number of games in the middle of the park and Gundogan could provide top-quality cover for the Spaniard.
A report in The Athletic has highlighted Xavi’s desire to add support for Pedri, amidst concerns that the team suffers a dip in performance without an extra attacking midfielder in the side.