Manchester City are planning ahead as they are now in pursuit of Nico Gonzalez. The teenager is having a breakthrough season with his childhood club Barcelona, even featuring against Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
News outlet Fichajes are reporting that Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the youngster. He wants Manchester City to sign Nico Gonzalez as a way to prepare for the future. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s financial situation meant that the club could be ready to sell the midfielder in the next summer.
For Manchester City, the club are looking to find a replacement for their current club captain, Fernandinho. The Brazilian is 36 and will see his contract end in the summer. Moreover, Nico Gonzalez is emerging as a long term prospect in this position as he can learn and develop in the defensive midfielder position.
MANCHESTER CITY EYES NICO GONZALEZ AS LONG TERM FERNANDINHO REPLACEMENT
It has been an exciting new season for Nico Gonzalez. The midfielder got a promotion from the Barcelona B team and have already appeared 6 times for the senior squad. This includes an entire 90 minutes against Levante and 45 minutes against Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Gonzalez also got his Champions League debut last week. The Spaniard came on as a substitute for Sergio Busquets. Meanwhile. the 19-year-old is being considered as a long term heir to Busquets and is currently on a contract with the Blaugrana till 2024.
However, the financial situation of Barcelona means that the club could be willing to sell Gonzalez if a good offer is on the table. This is a window for Manchester City, who are monitoring the youngster. Pep Guardiola likes the player and wants to sign him.
Manchester City will see their defensive options deplete if Fernandinho decides not to renew his contract. Though Rodri is an excellent option, not having a like for like replacement in the defensive midfield position is a concern for Pep. By bringing in Nico Gonzalez, the Citizens can future proof this position and provide a good platform for the Spaniard’s growth.
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