Forget Gundogan – Here are 3 top-class replacements who Man City can target including Real Madrid star

Manchester City opinion: 3 potential replacements for Ilkay Gundogan

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City’s midfield maestro Ilkay Gundogan has stalled contract talks with the club. The German will enter the final year of his contract at the start of next season and if a deal cannot be agreed in the coming months, he could be sold in the summer.

The German has had a wonderful season for the Cityzens so far and his manager Pep Guardiola reiterated his desire to keep him at the Etihad beyond next summer. However, Guardiola also stated that he would allow the German international to leave in the summer if he does not want to stay.

City would need a quality replacement to fill the role of Ilkay Gundogan and here are 3 players who Guardiola should consider making a move for:

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Toni Kroos

Manchester City have been linked with the highly experienced German international and he would be an ideal replacement for his compatriot at the Etihad.

Kroos has been an integral part Real Madrid since his arrival there and has played a massive role in their consecutive Champions League triumphs over the last three years.

The German World Cup winner has previously played under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and he will know exactly what is expected of him in the midfield role.

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Kroos is also massively experienced, having played close to 600 senior games for club and country and he would be the perfect option in City’s midfield.

Saul Niguez

Saul has been linked with both Manchester United and Manchester City over the last few months and he would be a perfect fit for Manchester City. The Spaniard is highly versatile and has been used in a number of positions so far this season.

Saul is still only 24 years old and despite his young age, he has over the experience of over 300 games in the Spanish top-flight.

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The youngster’s skill and technical ability on the ball will be a brilliant fit in the Premier League and his versatility will provide Guardiola with a number of options in the midfield.

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Tanguy Ndombele

The Frenchman’s performances this season have caught the attention of a number of big clubs including Manchester City. Ndombele has been outstanding for Lyon this season both in the Ligue 1 and in the Champions League this season.

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The 22-year-old will be an incredible fit at Manchester City and under Pep Guardiola, he has the potential to develop into one of the best midfielders in the world in the coming years.

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Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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Man United snapping up this PL destroyer for less than £30m would be an outstanding move by Solskjaer