FC Barcelona is currently touring the USA for series of preseason matches. However, one of the Catalan club’s players who did not accompany the team to the States is midfielder Nico Gonzalez.
The player is close to a move and decided it was advisable for him to stay in Europe to finalize this move. He joined his newly formed club instead of attending the pre-season tour.
The player has been heavily linked with Porto in the last week, while other sides like Real Betis and Girona have also shown interest. Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that FC Barcelona and Porto have reached an agreement on Nico’s transfer.
Under such an agreement, Nico will move to the Portuguese club, but Barcelona will have a repurchase option. Further details of the agreement, including the amount Barcelona will receive, are yet to be disclosed.
The report claims that Porto were reluctant to include a buyback clause in Nico’s contract and wanted to control the player. However, Barcelona wanted a buyback clause so they wouldn’t miss out on a highly promising talent if he explodes to stardom at Porto.
While the two clubs have agreed, the only hurdle to the transfer remains Nico’s own nod to the move. Porto offers the midfielder a lower salary than what he is receiving at Barcelona. This remains to be accepted by the midfielder.
As soon as Nico gives the green light, he will become a Porto player. He will help his chosen club in the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, Barcelona would be happy to offload one of the players not needed in Xavi’s plan. This player can further grow and develop in an easier environment.