According to The Athletic, Arsenal hold a concrete interest in Gundogan and are looking to pounce amid growing uncertainty over where his long-term future lies.
The report suggests Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is driving the north Londoners’ pursuit of the Manchester City captain, having previously worked with him at the Etihad Stadium, and he has been identified as an ideal replacement for Granit Xhaka.
But it is understood that Gundogan is poised to sign a new long-term contract with his current employers and, in the process, snub a move to Barcelona after the La Liga giants put a two-year deal with the option of a further year on the table.
Manchester City are open to keeping Ilkay Gundogan, but Pep Guardiola is facing a ‘problem’ over giving the Etihad Stadium favourite regular game-time, journalist Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT.
Having retained their Premier League crown, the Sky Blues have now set their sights on lifting the Champions League and FA Cup trophies ahead of the summer transfer window opening for business.
The Germany international’s current agreement, which is worth £165,000-per-week, is due to expire in the summer.
Transfer insider Jones recently told GIVEMESPORT that Manchester City will ‘do anything’ to tempt Gundogan into penning fresh terms.