Wolves have reportedly entered talks with Barcelona over a potential move for Nico Gonzalez and the Spaniard could be an excellent addition to Bruno Lage’s side.
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves are keen on signing the 20-year-old, who could be moved on by the Catalan club as they look to move players on in an attempt to amend their desperate financial predicament.
They suggest that the youngster could initially arrive on loan, and while other Premier League clubs are said to be interested, his agent is Jorge Mendes and his relationship with Wolves could give them the edge.
WhoScored suggests that the midfielder excels at dribbling, passing and through balls, which is perhaps no surprise considering he is a graduate of Barcelona’s world-renowned La Masia academy.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho certainly don’t lack ability on the ball but the Portuguese duo would manage just three assists between them in the Premier League last season, which suggests that Lage needs some more creativity in his midfield.
The Wolves boss has recently added pacey attacker Goncalo Guedes to his ranks, with the Portugal international arriving from Valencia, where he managed 13 goals and six assists in all competitions last season.
If Lage were to add the more attack-minded Gonzalez to his midfield, then Guedes could be the man to benefit from his impressive through balls this season, if he can use his speed to get in behind opposition defences.
Despite being so young, Gonzalez certainly doesn’t lack the work rate required to succeed in the Premier League, as Cesc Fabregas emphasised last season.
He said of Gonzalez: “Not everything is the ball and giving assists or scoring goals. Today was a day to work, fight and win. The number of kilometres that have been hit up and down helping in defence and high pressure has been spectacular.”
Therefore, he could prove to be a quality long-term addition to Wolves’ midfield and could form an excellent partnership with fellow new addition Guedes this season.