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Barcelona closing in to seal a contract extension with Man City target


Nico Gonzalez is a rising youngster in the FC Barcelona youth ranks. The Galician, 19, has been able to impress his bosses with his top-notch performances. Gonzalez was also able to make his way into the Barca B squad recently. And has been a favourite pick of Garcia Pimienta of late. His top performance has caught the eye of the Barca hierarchy, but Manchester City also have an interest in him.

However, the youngster’s contract with Barca expires this June. Manchester City have been trying to lure in the youngster this summer. But the Catalans are not keen to let him go, hence they are in touch with the player’s representatives to discuss his future. Gonzalez’s representatives and club representatives reportedly held talks earlier this month. New updates from the club hint that they did hold a meeting again this week, via Mundo Deportivo.

It is understood as of now that Barcelona are close to penning down a fresh deal with the youngster. It is no surprise as both parties were having an optimistic talk in their earlier meeting. Nico Gonzalez is happy to be a part of Barcelona and is ready to sign. But did not want to rush his contract before hearing out about the sports project.

The youngster is lethal in the centre of the park and Barca see him as a replacement for Sergio Busquets. With both parties feeling optimistic about signing a fresh contract. It is likely for them to pen down a deal in the coming weeks. This will surely be a big blow for Manchester City who were hoping to lure in the young talent.

Ronald Koeman and Joan Laporta are aiming to build a strong foundation for FC Barcelona
Ronald Koeman and Joan Laporta are aiming to build a strong foundation for FC Barcelona. Source: Getty Images.

Barcelona keen to secure their future:

It is always hard for clubs to find talents that help them keep the quality of football intact. But most clubs are now often turning to their youth academies to cultivate raw talent. Barcelona are also no different as their current sporting projects centralise around La Masia.

We already find the presence of many youngsters in Barcelona’s main squad. With players like Pedri, Ansu Fati, Illiax Moriba, Oscar Mingueza, and so on cracking into the main squad. However, the Catalans still have multiple roles that are likely to become void in the near future. Most of their key players are already nearing the end of their prime.

That’s why Barcelona are now focusing on talents like Nico Gonzalez. The Galician is tipped as the perfect replacement for Sergio Busquets. Busquets has been like a midfield general for Barcelona over the years, dominating the pace of the game for the Catalans. Gonzalez is a youngster who can grow up to match that level of football.

Ronald Koeman also identifies the talent in the youngster. Hence he has been occasionally calling on the youngster to train with the main squad. It is still too soon for him to play big games for Barcelona. But the Catalans are not going to neglect the talent that lies in front of them either. They did lose impressive youngsters in the past and are not willing to lose Gonzalez to Manchester City.

Nico Gonzalez – a unique talent:

Barcelona believe that Nico Gonzalez will play a key role in the future.
Barcelona believe that Nico Gonzalez will play a key role in the future. Source: Getty Images.

Nico Gonzalez has been an impressive young talent in Barca’s youth ranks, who has been able to impress a wide range of clubs. Manchester City are at the top of the table who were really impressed by the youngster. His ability to dominate the pitch and control the pace was something City find a key. He is also able to set up attacking plays and support the defence.

The youngster has two goals from 22 appearances this season for Barca B and the reserve squad. The youngster is a versatile player who can also play in central defence and as a left-back. With so many plus points about the youngster, City were keen to sign him. And was hoping that Fran, a former Deportivo La Coruna player might be key to making a deal. Fran is currently a coach at Manchester City’s lower levels.

However, Nico Gonzalez is a promising talent for Barcelona and they hope to preserve him. Barcelona are hoping to make some major changes next term in the main squad. But they also want to ensure the club’s foundation remains strong in the long run. With a new contract, Nico Gonzalez can ensure a great future at the club.

Gonzalez will continue with the Barca B squad but will also have the first-team overview. The youngster will get occasional training sessions with the main squad. And if things go well the contract offers him to crack into the first-team by the 2022-23 season.


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