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Report: Manchester City still pursuing Borussia Dortmund midfielder transfer despite injury

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Pep Guardiola will not give up on his biggest transfer target for Manchester City.

According to a report from German outlet Kicker, the Catalan manager is still keen on signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer. The German star suffered a horrific knee injury last week, which put his City future in danger, but Guardiola will not let the problem affect his plans.

Always according to the report, Guardiola is confident the player will not be out for a long period, contrary to the early reports. The incoming City coach has asked for a world-class medical team, and would put it to the test by recovering Gundogan in time to have a strong contribution in his first season.

Pep has identified the 25-year-old as the most important piece of his new team, and is willing to wait a few months for Gundogan to come back from his injury and add his talents to Guardiola's system. City and Dortmund are closing in on a £30 million transfer for the German international, and if the reports are accurate, that deal is still going through.