Even Barcelona sports newspapers, possibly Real Madrid’s worst enemies among the press, are reporting these days that the deal to bring Ilkay Gundogan to Santiago Bernabeu is already closed.
Although no official confirmation has been published by any of the clubs, reports from Germany, from Madrid press and now from Barcelona clarify Borussia Dortmund have settled to include Gundogan’s signing as part of Nuri Sahin’s permanent move to Germany.
Barcelona’s sports daily Mundo Deportivo states Los Blancos will pay 20 million euros plus Nuri Sahin to bring the promising midfielder to Madrid.
Sahin, who has a running contract with Los Merengues until 2017, is on loan in Dortmund at the moment. His permanent move to Borussia will cheapen Gundogan’s deal.
Barcelona’s press regret the Azulgranas haven’t been able to sign the German international, who was seen by many as Xavi Hernandez substitute for the future.
Mundo Deportivo claims the definitive prove is that Dortmund are not paying the seven million that Sahin’s pertmanent move costs, since it will be deducted from Gundogan’s price.
The 23-year-old’s arrival to Santiago Bernabeu would probably mean that Xabi Alonso won’t sign a contract renewal with Real Madrid, and he would then leave for free next summer.