Man City post a ‘joke offer’ for Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan [Bild]

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By all accounts Man City will sign German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund, but the deal has taken a downward turn.

For many weeks now, it was claimed that Pep Guardiola was keen to bring in Ilkay Gundogan to Manchester City, as a playmaker who can control the game from deep.

Rumours were rife earlier this year, when Gundogan’s uncle was spotted in Amsterdam alongside Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain.

Bild has previously confirmed that Ilkay Gundogan has signed a five-year-contract with Manchester City.

Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City are still negotiating a fee for the player, but Bild expect it to be around 25 million euros.

According to today’s update, Man City have posted an offer, but it’s just 18 million euros.

Bild call the bid a “joke”, while asking why the Sky Blues are so “stingy”.

On his day, Gundogan is undoubtedly a player that can control a game and dictate play from deep, much as Pep Guardiola utilised Sergio Busquets at Barcelona and more recently, the likes of Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso at Bayern Munich.

Manchester City fans should perhaps be concerned about Gundogan’s injury record, but they will likely have a very deep squad once again to cover for any absences.

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