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Barca overlook Gundogan for Mata

10th April 2019, 10:58 by Alex Jack

Juan Mata's expected move to Barcelona might impact the uncertainty surrounding Ilkay Gundogan's future at the Etihad.

Officials at the Nou Camp have opened negotiations with Manchester United playmaker Mata, with an announcement expected in the coming days confirming he will be joining them on a free transfer this summer.

It is understood the Bluagrana had been courting Gundogan for over 12 months and were previously beaten to his signature when manager Pep Guardiola made him his first signing for City back in 2016.

The former Borussia Dortmund man has been weighing up his options on the offer of a new Citizens deal, with his manager making it clear he wants him to remain an integral part of his squad.

It is believed Barca's move on Mata could now hasten Gundogan's own decision-making process and will let City know exactly where they stand.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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