Barcelona: Top European clubs target Barcelona’s Nico
Barcelona negotiated with Ronald Araujo and Gavi regarding their future since Christmas, and they now have a third player to deal with as Nicholas González caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Nico was part of Barcelona academy since 2012, making his senior team debut seven years later at the age of 16. However, he could decide to leave Spain if another team meets the buyout clause in his current contract.
A contract until 2024
In May 2021, Nico renewed his contract with Barcelona to stay at the club until 2024. His contract contains a €500m release clause.
It’s a price that most teams wouldn’t even think about, but BarcelonaNico’s ongoing financial problems mean that Nico’s future is not completely secure.
Nico’s breakthrough season
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a sensational 2021/22 campaign, becoming one of Barcelona‘s stars in midfield.
He made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring his first goal in December. Nico’s performances have been so good that Barcelona are in talks to raise his salary.
Five European clubs target Nico
The rapid progress of Nico hasn’t gone unnoticed in the rest of Europe, with five top clubs interested in the Spaniard.
Three of the teams are from the Premier League, with the other two clubs from Serie A and the Bundesliga.
Premier League leaders Manchester City are followed Nicoclosely and has a past relationship with his family as his father, Fran Gonzalez worked at the club.
What is Nico’s future?
Nicothe priority is to stay Barcelona because he feels comfortable and happy at the club. Corn, BarcelonaFinancial problems mean it won’t be easy for them to compete with other clubs in the market.
Barcelona are in a transition phase and the hope is that they will become a force again in the near future. They’ve been very busy in the transfer markets lately, and that will continue over the next 12 months, so players joining the squad could be placed ahead of Nico in the midfield pecking order.
Nico won’t want his career progress to slow down, so the trust and confidence Barcelona have in the youngster could be decisive.