FC Barcelona have introduced the sale of a former first staff participant by an official assertion e-mailed to members of the press.
“FC Barcelona and FC Porto have reached an settlement for the switch of Nico Gonzalez for 8.5 million euros ($9.4 million),” it started.
“The Barcelona membership reserves a proportion of a future sale of the participant and a proper of repurchase.
“FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Nico Gonzalez for his dedication and dedication, and needs him good luck and success sooner or later,” the assertion concluded.
The son of Deportivo de La Coruna legend Fran, Nico joined Barca’s La Masia academy on the cusp of his eleventh birthday.
As a defensive midfielder, Nico progressed to the Barca B reserve staff in 2019 and the senior squad two years later below Ronald Koeman.
The 21-year-old was promoted to the elite alongside the likes of fellow academy graduates Alejandro Balde and Gavi.
Whereas these two prodigies have efficiently secured common berths within the first XI below Koeman’s successor Xavi Hernandez, nevertheless, turning into established Spain internationals who ventured to the World Cup in Qatar in November too, Nico has been unable to duplicate their trajectory.
When Koeman was dismissed in October 2021, Nico’s taking part in time below Xavi started diminishing regardless of the legendary quantity 6 contemplating him to be an “necessary participant” based on a report from SPORT.
After finishing the preseason tour of america final summer season, he was loaned out to Valencia after signing a contract extension.
Returning to Catalonia when the momentary task ended, Nico would have aspired to fill the massive boots of former captain Sergio Busquets now at Inter Miami.
But he was instructed by Xavi that he does not characteristic in his plans based on Catalunya Radio, and was additionally made to observe the membership signal Girona veteran Oriol Romeu.
It was beforehand thought that Nico can be loaned out once more with Actual Betis a probable candidate for his subsequent cease.
Final week, nevertheless, SPORT and Mundo Deportivo reported that his Portuguese tremendous agent Jorge Mendes, who naturally has contacts at one in every of his homeland’s greatest golf equipment, was finalizing a deal that may ship the Nico to Porto.
Nico is anticipated to hitch Porto on a four-year contract, however Barca have been intelligent by together with a buy-back possibility within the deal within the occasion he fulfils his potential.
With Romeu turning 32 in September, Barca must be on the look out for an additional pivot in a few years and Nico will probably be a less expensive various to Actual Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi whereas additionally being conversant in the Blaugrana’s fashion of play.
Heading in the direction of the 2023/2024 season, Barca have been priced out of an method for Zumbimendi due to their monetary difficulties and his €60 million ($66 million) launch clause in San Sebastian at La Actual.