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Guardiola nabs first transfer in pivotal Dortmund mid Gundogan

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Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan warms up during a training session one day ahead the Champions League group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal FC in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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Manchester City’s midfield just improved in nearly every facet of the game.

Borussia Dortmund veteran Ilkay Gundogan, 25, has agreed to join the Premier League outfit on a four-year deal, saying he had his “heart set on” the move as soon as heard of the club’s interest.

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The fee is rumored to be around $30 million.

The 16-times capped German international made 157 appearances for BVB after arriving in 2011, and was at Nurnberg before that. Gundogan is not on Germany’s Euro 2016 squad due to injury.


“Now I have a new challenge and that is to achieve great things with City. The opportunity to work with a coach like Pep Guardiola is something I am really looking forward to and I am flattered to be the first signing the Club has made this summer.

“I can promise the City fans I will give everything to help us win titles both in England and the Champions League. These are exciting times.”

This is a boon for City’s midfield, as Gundogan is a complete and versatile player in the center of the park, and a critical part of keeping and controlling possession, a hallmark of . Pep Guardiola sides

Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, is tasked with replacing Gundogan, an unenviable challenge.

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