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Barcelona confirm Gundogan signing from Man City

BARCELONA (AFP) – Ilkay Gundogan has signed for Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of his Manchester City contract, the Catalan club said yesterday.

The German midfielder, 32, has agreed a two-year deal with the option for a year’s extension and a release clause of EUR400 million (USD436 million).

“He is bringing his presence, nose for goal and reading of the game which has made him one of the best midfielders of the past decade,” said Barcelona in a statement.

Gundogan has been an influential presence for Pep Guardiola’s City side since joining in 2016, captaining the team to a stunning treble this season.

The midfielder netted twice in the FA Cup final win over rivals Manchester United and Guardiola admitted City were trying to renew his deal.

Manchester City are poised to seal the arrival of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea to help replace Gundogan, who won five Premier League titles during his time at the club, as well as helping them earn their first ever Champions League win this season.

Gundogan joined City from Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan. PHOTO: AFP