Gundogan’s representatives respond to rumours of Manchester City agreement

Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan.

Representatives of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan say there is no agreement with Manchester City contrary to reports circling in the media, Bild reports.

The Mirror reported over the weekend that City have a deal in principle to sign the German international star for a reported £25million, while the Citizens also allegedly chase Juventus ace Paul Pogba.

But Gundogan’s representatives refute such claims, telling German publication Bild that as of yet no deal is in place and that the midfielder is only focusing on his recovery from injury.

“The rumours are not true. There is no decision and everything is still open. Ilkay is just focusing on his recovery,” a representative of the player told German paper Bild.

The versatile player has long been described as one of the best holding midfielders in Germany, and he was instrumental in Dortmund’s rise to the top under former boss Jurgen Klopp.

But over the past 18 months he has struggled with injuries somewhat, starting 21 Bundesliga matches this season with his last appearance coming at the beginning of this month.

Incoming City boss Pep Guardiola will know him well as an opponent of Bayern Munich, and the Spaniard is said to be keen on making him his first signing at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Gundogan has an abundance of energy in midfield and is a superb retriever of the ball, averaging 2.2 interceptions and 2.3 successful take-ons per league encounter this term.

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch