Barcelona consider Nico Gonzalez ‘untransferable’
Super agent Jorge Mendes met with members of the Barcelona board including president Joan Laporta, Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff to discuss the future of a number of players as well as possibly exits and arrivals.
One of those players under discussion was midfielder Nico Gonzalez. The 20-year-old made his first team debut last season under former manager Ronald Koeman. Despite initial success, he saw his playing time diminish under Xavi Hernandez therefore his future at the club became uncertain.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Mendes told reporters after the meeting that the club does not intend to sell Nico. They consider him an important part of their future. However, they are also aware he needs to play. The last thing they want is to repeat the mistake made with other young players who stay but aren’t taken into account.
With that in mind, while Barcelona are not keen on selling Nico, they would be willing to send him out on loan to get more playing time.
Should he stay, he’d likely be fifth choice behind Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri and the incoming Franck Kessie. This isn’t taking into account what might happen with Frenkie de Jong. If the Dutchman stays, then that means even less playing time for Nico.
Nico’s season ended early as an injury forced him out. The injury came at a bad time as Barcelona were short on midfielders during their last couple of games and he would have certainly been given an opportunity over Riqui Puig.
His name had been brought up in a possible swap deal with Wolves for Ruben Neves. That is no longer being considered nor will he be part of any other potential trade deal. Barring the player’s desire to leave, Nico will be a Barcelona player come next season.