According to recent reports, Nico Gonzalez is thinking about leaving Barcelona on loan in search of regular game time next season.
The 20-year-old knows he may struggle for minutes in 2022-23, particularly following the arrival of Franck Kessie from AC Milan.
Kessie joins Busi, Nico, Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie as Xavi’s midfield options for next season. This gives the coach plenty of choice.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Nico’s priority is to play and so he could depart. However, it will only be on loan because he still thinks he has a future at Barcelona.
Marseille, Real Betis, Valencia and Real Sociedad are thought to be admirers of the 20-year-old. Any tempting offers are likely to prove successful.
Nico made 27 La Liga appearances last season, but only 12 as a starter, and missed the end of the campaign with a fractured toe.
Barcelona did promote Nico Gonzalez officially to the first team in January, handing him the No. 14 shirt. The club also wants to extend his current deal which expires in 2024.
We can expect some news on Nico in the next few days. Surely, at the meeting last night between Laporta and Mendes, his name also came up.