Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ‘is eyeing Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich as Ilkay Gundogan’s replacement’…with ‘Joao Cancelo likely a false weight in the deal’
- Joshua Kimmich is being eyed by Man City as Ilkay Gundogan’s replacement
- Gundogan runs out of contract in summer and could leave Pep Guardiola’s team
- Bayern could take advantage of the play to finance the final signing of Joao Cancelo
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly considering Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan.
Kimmich has become one of the best midfielders in the world since he made his Munich debut under Guardiola in 2015.
However, the adaptable midfielder, like many of his clubmates, has endured a frustrating season with Bayern, who suffered a setback to their Bundesliga-winning hopes and were knocked out of the Champions League and German Cup.
With the possible departure of Gundogan, who is out of contract at the end of the season, Kimmich could replace his German teammate at the Etihad, according to Sun.
Kimmich is said to be looking for a new challenge and his ability to play defense and midfield has attracted Man City.
Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in signing Joshua Kimmich as Ilkay Gundogan’s replacement
Gundogan has no contract at Manchester City this summer and could leave after seven years
Bayern have told City they cannot afford the £60m asking price for Joao Cancelo and can use Kimmich as a false weight to secure the full-back’s signature permanently.
The German giants are in a strong bargaining position as Kimmich’s existing contract still has two years left on it.
Barcelona are also interested in the midfielder and president Joan Laporta is reportedly interested in signing him as a cheaper alternative to Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi.
Meanwhile, Gundogan’s future at City remains unclear, but he could still remain with the Premier League champions.
City clinched the title after Arsenal’s defeat at Nottingham Forest ensured the league leaders couldn’t be caught.
And afterwards, Gundogan took the time to thank the staff, teammates and supporters for helping City claim their third successive league title.
Gundogan said: ‘Having helped the Club to a third successive Premier League title is something very special.
‘The Premier League is without a doubt the most demanding and competitive league in the world, so it tells you all about what an achievement this is. This team is so talented and so special and to have been captain this season has been a huge privilege.’
I would also like to thank Pep, all the backroom staff and everyone who works at this football club. Every day they help provide us as players with everything we need to try and succeed. We couldn’t have won this title without all your support.’
Guardiola gave Kimmich his Bayern Munich debut when he managed the German team in 2015
Kimmich is said to be looking for a new challenge and his versatility has attracted Man City.