Dortmund star Julian Weigl a target for Manchester City, Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has attracted the interest of Barcelona and Manchester City according to reports.

Pep Guardiola’s current and former employers both fancy splashing the cash on Julian Weigl, according to Spanish outlet AS. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder recently signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2021.

But the two European giants are set to test Dortmund’s resolve next summer. Weigl is one of the most wanted midfielders in the world after a superb season in midfield for Der BVB. However he suffered a broken ankle in May and has only made six appearances so far this season in all competitions.

He is considered to be one of the most talented holding midfielders in the world. And Barcelona want the 22-year old to be the long term replacement for Sergio Busquets. While often under-appreciated, Busquets has played an important part in Barcelona’s successes over the last decade.

And Weigl has the potential to become just as good once he reaches his peak. Pep Guardiola also wants to sign the German international, with veterans Yaya Toure and Fernandinho set to leave next summer.

Weigl is one of Borussia Dortmund’s biggest assets, and while they would want him to stay at the club for a very long time, the overtures of Barcelona and Manchester City might be hard to turn down for Weigl. In that case, Dortmund will be hoping to make as much money as they can by letting him go.

Julian Weigl joined the Black and Yellows in 2015 from 1860 Munich. He has gone from strength to strength at the club and has the potential to become a world class player for both club and country.