Several months ago, we reported news that Deportivo La Coruña legend Fran González was set to join Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City. His role was reported to be a technical assistant, working with younger age groups, but combined with a presence in first team training.
Fran’s son Nico González is a very talented player in Barcelona’s academy, however it was reported that the 14-year-old would remain at La Masia rather than follow his father to Manchester.
New information has emerged that appears to confirm that Nico will in fact follow his father to the City Football Academy soon.
Spanish journalist Albert Rogé has reported, via Catalunya Ràdio’s ‘Club de la Mitjanit’ show, that Nico will join City’s other bright young talents in 2017.
— Albert Rogé (@albert_roge) November 24, 2016
According to Rogé, Nico is one of La Masia’s ‘jewels’ and Barça will not be pleased to lose him. The Catalan giants have lost a number of talented youth players to England in recent times, including Cesc Fàbregas and Héctor Bellerín, and now it is Manchester City’s turn to snap one up.
In the past few years, two prospects have gone in the opposition direction, with Barcelona able to prise Denis Suárez (now a member of their first-team squad) and Joan Ángel Román (now on loan to Polish club Śląsk Wrocław from Portuguese side Braga).