Ilkay Gundogan could extend Man City stay due to eye-watering demands

Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan scored twice to secure the FA Cup on Saturday and is a free agent after next weekend’s Champions League final

Ilkay Gundogan will demand eye-watering money to make him quit Manchester City.

Gundogan, 32, is a free agent this summer when his contract at the Etihad expires and his representatives are allowed to hold talks with potential clubs.But no club has reached an agreement which has only increased the chances of him staying at City beyond this season even with his contract value sky-rocketing.

Barcelona and AC Milan are both interested in the midfielder and have held talks about signing him as a free agent. Arsenal have also been linked with the Germany International. But Gundogan has insisted publicly that nothing has yet to be agreed.Barcelona have even discussed putting together a three year deal to help spread the cost and tempt Gundogan to sign at the Nou Camp, despite the Spanish club’s ongoing financial issues.

City boss Pep Guardiola also insists he remains hopeful that Gundogan will stay at the club and commit himself to a new deal.Gundogan scored twice against United at Wembley, his first coming after 13 seconds to break the record for the fastest FA Cup final goal.

Pep Guardiola confirmed City’s football director Txiki Begiristain was looking to persuade Gundogan to agree a new deal, admitting: “Hopefully he will be successful.”

The City boss added: “He has a special mentality. He knows what I think of him. He plays the big games like they are friendlies. He can cope with the pressure.”

Speaking to BBC after the game about his future, the German insisted: “Nothing is decided yet. We’re going to see what’s going to happen.”