After weeks of negotiations, FC Porto has secured the signing of Barcelona midfielder Nico González on a five-year contract. The talented Spaniard joins the Dragons for a fee of €8.4 million, marking a significant move for both clubs.
FC Porto President on the Signing
Porto president Pinto da Costa expressed the challenges faced during the negotiations. Attributing the complexities to Barcelona’s ongoing pre-season tour in the United States. However, despite the hurdles, the deal has now been successfully concluded, with González eager to make his mark with Porto.
At just 21 years old, Nico González has already showcased his potential on the field. He completed a full season at Barcelona during the 2021/22 campaign, featuring in an impressive 39 matches. Last season, he spent time on loan at Valencia, where he continued to impress with 26 appearances. His talent has also earned him a regular spot in the Spain U21 national team.
While Barcelona decided to part ways with González, they believe in his potential to become a significant player in the future. As a testament to their confidence, two clauses were included in the deal. First, Barcelona will be entitled to 40% of any profit from a potential future sale of González. Additionally, the Catalan giants retain an option to buy back the player for €30 million until 30 June 2025.
Pinto da Costa expressed his satisfaction with the signing, highlighting González’s importance to the club’s plans. Porto’s coach, Sérgio Conceição, has given his seal of approval, emphasizing the careful approach taken in building a stronger and more competitive squad.
As Nico González embarks on a new chapter in his career with FC Porto, both clubs will be keenly watching his progress. Hoping to see the young midfielder flourish on the pitch. The move signifies an exciting step forward for González and the Portuguese club, as they aim to make a mark in domestic and European competitions.