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Barca want Man City star Gundogan to replace Iniesta

Ilkay Gundogan has become a major summer target of Barcelona.The Spanish giants look certain to make a move for the German international, who has just two years left on his current deal.

Sources in Germany indicated Gundogan, 27, would be keen on a move to Barca, who are looking to recruit after the departure of Andres Iniesta.

Gundogan, has become an important player in Pep Guardiola’s squad after arriving from Dortmund for £20milion in 2016.

Despite a serious injury setback, he has flourished under the Spaniard which has alerted Barca, who would have to pay in excess of £50m.

Gundogan, set to face Mexico for Germany in the World Cup on Sunday, is understood to be extremely happy at City but would still favour a move to the Nou Camp.

Keen to keep him, City are certain to offer the midfielder a new deal. But if Gundogan decided to leave it would be a blow as Guardiola looks to build on last season’s success. Meabwhile, Mesut Ozil and Gundogan, who are German-born to Turkish parents, sparked controversy on the eve of the World Cup by posing for photographs with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Gundogan presented Erdogan with a signed shirt “to my president”. The Premier League midfielders were slammed in Germany for being “manipulated” by Erdogan as he canvasses support before snap elections on June 24, a suggestion the Turkish FA found “scandalous”.

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