Gundogan’s name was published amongst a list of players whose contracts have expired, and whilst it may not mean that the midfielder is set to leave the club, it highlights the uncertainty lingering over his future at the Etihad.
The player shared, as recently as Saturday evening, that he was yet to make a decision over his playing future after the final whistle blew on Man City’s Champions League final victory in Istanbul.
The German international has been at the club since 2016, and was Pep Guardiola’s first signing after the Catalan coach joined the English champions.
But, despite being offered a contract extension to continue playing at the Etihad for the 2023-24 campaign, Gundogan may yet move on, with a move to Barcelona the most likely destination.
The 32-year-old has been tracked heavily by the LaLiga winners, who are keen to move on from Lionel’s Messi snubbing of a return to the Camp Nou, and immediately sign players from a stronger financial position.
Barcelona view the player as suitable replacement for outgoing midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is leaving Catalonia after 18 years, and they hope to win Gundogan’s signature as quickly as possible.
Gundogan may be convinced to leave Guardiola’s side due to the stronger contractual offer made to him by the Spanish outfit, who are reportedly prepared to hand him a three-year contract.