KEY POINTS

  • Barcelona B star Nico Gonzalez has impressed Ronald Koeman, a report said
  • Gonzalez is likely to be promoted to Barcelona first team, another report suggested
  • Manchester City is said to be interested in signing the Spanish teenager

One Barcelona B player may have just secured his spot on Ronald Koeman’s squad, a report suggests.

Nico Gonzalez has yet to make his first-team debut for Barcelona, having been continuing his development in the team’s B squad. However, Barca manager Koeman already sees the teenager joining the senior team sooner rather than later, according to Spanish outlet La Voz de Galicia.

The report added that Koeman has been consistently asking about Gonzalez since the first time he witnessed the 19-year-old during Barcelona B training sessions. As early as now, it is said that the midfield sensation is already being touted to become an understudy of Barca veteran Sergio Busquets.

Thrilled with Gonzalez’s style of playing, Barcelona’s technical team is planning to include the youngster in the batch of Barcelona B side players set to be promoted to the first team, Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo reported. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

However, Gonzalez’s current contract with the Catalan club is set to expire at the end of the season, opening up an opportunity for other big-name clubs to make a transfer swoop.

Among the clubs recently linked to the Spanish phenom is English Premier League club Manchester City, per AS.

The report said that should Gonzalez decide to take his talents elsewhere in the summer, Manchester City will be ready to make a move.

Though Manchester City has the capability to lure Gonzalez, the player’s father and Deportivo La Coruna legend Fran Gonzalez is confident that his son could become a future star in Barcelona.

According to Fran, Nico’s “dream” is to play for Barcelona, and they have already “rejected offers” from other clubs.

"He has become a footballer, this sport is very hard,” Fran recently told Mundo Deportivo of Nico. "He has taken great care of himself, he leads a very healthy life, and for many years he has pursued a dream which is to play for Barça. He rejected very important offers."

“He has made an important leap and has adapted well to Segunda B [Barcelona B],” he added. “Not only him, but also his teammates. Barça B is to be proud of. They have had a brilliant season and whatever happens they have more than met their goal."

Apparently, Nico’s potential rise to stardom at Barcelona has already been predicted by Fran. In 2012, the Spanish legend admitted that he “loves” the idea of his son joining the Catalans.

"He is still very young, but we are seriously considering moving the family to Barcelona,” Fran told La Xarxa in 2012. "Nothing has stopped from then, and now there is an opportunity [for Nicolas] to go to Barca, which is an idea I love."

Ronald Koeman will take charge of his first competitive Barcelona game on Sunday when they play Villarreal in La Liga. FC Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman Photo: AFP / Josep LAGO