Real Madrid are eyeing Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan with the German international seeking assurances over his role under Pep Guardiola, as reported by the Sun (17 April, page 54).
Gundogan has played 43 games in all competitions for City across the 2018/19 campaign but he cannot be classed as a guaranteed starter, given that he is behind the likes of Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva in the pecking order.
With just over 12 months left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, the former Borussia Dortmund play-maker is facing an uncertain future.
Gundogan, who cost £21 million three years ago (Mail), has been reluctant to commit himself to Manchester City beyond the summer of 2020, and the Sun claims that he wants to be made aware of his importance to the Premier League champions before he makes a decision on whether to stay or go.
A move to Real Madrid could appeal to player who, at 28, is approaching his peak. The Sun suggests that Zinedine Zidane could move for Gundogan as a potential replacement for his Germany teammate Toni Kroos.
Tuttomercatoweb, meanwhile, reported on Tuesday that City would be willing to accept an offer of £21.5 million with Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Monaco all interested.