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Barcelona’s €10 million-rated starlet not in Xavi’s plans, two clubs eyeing loan deal



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Nico Gonzalez was regarded as one of the brightest young prospects coming through the Barcelona youth ranks not long ago. And while the 21-year-old continues to be rated highly, it appears that the midfielder does not have an immediate future at the club.

Nico spent the last season out on loan at Valencia, despite Xavi wanting to keep him at the club, as he believed that regular opportunities would not be forthcoming at Camp Nou.

And, heading into the summer transfer window of 2023, the situation is not much different as Nico still faces plenty of competition in the midfield department at Barcelona.

And, as such, SPORT is now reporting that Xavi does not have the 21-year-old starlet in his plans for the upcoming season.

The manager does not believe that Nico has the level needed to play as a pivot midfielder. And as far as the interior midfield positons are considered, the squad is already loaded with options following the imminent arrival of Ilkay Gundogan.

As such, Xavi has no place for Nico in his plans for the next season and another loan exit or even a permanent transfer awaits the La Masia graduate.

And, as per the report, Real Betis are insisting on signing Nico on loan for the upcoming season. The Seville-based outfit are looking at the Spaniard as a possible replacement for Guido Rodriguez, who coincidentally, has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Real Betis’ new sporting director, Ramon Planes, knows very well what Nico brings to the table, having seen him from close quarters when employed as the technical secretary at Barcelona. And, he is keen on taking the 21-year-old on loan to the Benito Villamarin.

However, Real Betis are not the only La Liga club interested in loaning Nico for next season. Valencia, where the midfielder spent the last season on loan, are interested in re-signing him and have contacted Barcelona regarding the same.

Nico missed a good chunk of the last season due to injuries but has seemingly done enough in his 26 appearances for Los Che to want to take him back.

The youngster’s contract with Barça runs until 2026 and needs to play regularly at this age. So, a loan move, either to Betis or Valencia would certainly be beneficial.

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