Ilkay Gundogan has agreed terms to leave Borussia Dortmund and sign for Manchester City next season with a fee of around £20 million ($40million) plus add-ons. This is the first signing for Pep Guardiola as new manager of Manchester City.
The 25 year old is currently out with a knee injury and won’t be back until this October but this didn’t stop Guardiola in signing the German to a 4 year contract.
Gundogan had been at Borussia Dortmund since 2011 and has developed into a strong box-to-box midfielder and a pivotal part of a team that won the Bundesliga title in 2011-12 season and reaching the Champions League final in 2013. He currently has 16 caps for Germany.
This signing is a risk given his injuries over the years but when he is fit, he is a player that can string passes together and score goals. He has great defensive attributes and his all round strength will suit him to the Premier League. He has the ability of a complete midfielder but the key for him is to overcome his injuries and stay on the park. If he does that then he will be a great signing for Manchester City.