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Report: Borussia Dortmund MF set to be Guardiola’s first Man City signing

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund (L) celebrates with team-mate Marcel Schmelzer after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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The summer of 2016 is expected to be a busy one at the Etihad Stadium, as Pep Guardiola begins a full squad overhaul ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season, so expect to read plenty of rumors and confirmations of Manchester City signings here at PST in the coming months.

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With that said, reports out of the UK have Guardiola on the verge of completing his very first signing: Borussia Dortmund star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Man City will reportedly pay Dortmund a fee in the neighborhood of $30 million for the 25-year-old German international.

While a semi-regular with the German national team (16 caps since making his debut in 2011 - three goals scored), Gundogan won’t be with the reigning World Cup winners at this month’s EURO 2016 tournament in France after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap in early May. Gundogan also missed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after missing nearly all of the 2013-14 season due to a back injury.

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Since signing for Dortmund in the summer of 2011 ($4.5 million fee), Gundogan has made more than 150 appearances for the club (all competitions), scoring 23 times in the process. A Bundesliga champion under now-Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the 2011-12 season, he also played a key role in Dortmund’s 2013 UEFA Champions League final appearance (lost to Bayern Munich).

Gundogan’s current contract with Dortmund has just one year remaining, meaning City have likely landed a real bargain given his quality and the kind of fee that would accompany a player of his caliber with more time — and money — left on his contract.

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