Written by Patrick Echatah
Barcelona have reportedly not yet ruled out the possibility of Nico Gonzalez staying at the club next season.
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Nico’s been on loan at Valencia and it had been reported previously the club would look to offload him in the summer transfer window.
Mundo Deportivo report that Nico’s future hasn’t yet been decided and there is still a chance he could be at Barca next season.
Barcelona are keen to bring in a replacement for Sergio Busquets, but the club’s financial situation means that will not be easy.
Xavi has admitted a Busquets replacement is his top priority this summer, but his top target Martin Zubimendi appears out of reach.
Busquets mentioned Nico as a potential option when discussing players who could replacement him this week and Xavi also praised him during a recent press conference.
Nico has long been viewed as a potential successor to Busquets and is still only 21. He’s played 25 times for Valencia this season despite missing a chunk of the season through injury.
Alejandro Balde has sent out a message to Barcelona fans after seeing his season ended by injury.
The teenager was forced off in the win over Real Mallorca after sustaining an ankle injury. Barca have since confirmed Balde will be out for 6-7 weeks and the defender is relieved his injury is not more serious.
“Injuries are a bitter part of sport. Thank goodness it was less than it appeared,” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you all so much for your messages of love and support. Now it’s time to recover well and come back stronger than before.”
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