By Mark Weasley
Manchester United are on the verge of signing Barcelona wonderkid, Nico Gonzalez, according to reports from The Sun.
The 16-year-old defensive midfielder, who is one of the best players in the Barcelona academy, has been left out of the Spanish side’s academy squad for the new season as speculation continues to mount about his future.
The player’s father, Fran, who is a legend for Deportivo La Coruna, works with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and is open to the possibility of his son joining him in Manchester, despite it being across town at Old Trafford.
Spanish publication, Diario Sport report that David Harrison, a football scout who shares a close relationship with Nico. Harrison used to work at City, but is now at United. Nico spent last season with the Cadet A, captaining the side and was set to be promoted to the Juvenile A team.
However, he is ready to leave Camp Nou for a move abroad as he feels that his football development will be better in England. There is also the issue of the financial incentive as Spanish laws prohibit clubs from paying big wages to players under 18.
He was previously linked to City in 2016, but it seems that he will be a United player sooner rather than later. The United board are working hard at attracting the best young talents in the world as we seek to dominate English football in the nearest future.
He is a defensive midfielder that has been compared to Sergio Busquets for his calmness in possession, ability to intercept opposition plays and an astute footballing brain.