Barcelona meet with Jorge Mendes to discuss future of three players

Barcelona hold summit with powerful agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the futures of Adama Traore, Francisco Trincao and Nico Gonzalez as the Nou Camp club plan for next season

  • Barcelona president Joan Laporta was among the club officials who met with influential agent Jorge Mendes at the Via Veneto restaurant in the city
  • They discussed the next steps for a trio of Mendes players on Barcelona’s books
  • Adama Traore is on loan from Wolves but hasn’t made the greatest impression
  • Fellow winger Francisco Trincao moved the other way back in the summer
  • 20-year-old Nico Gonzalez has impressed during first season in the first team 

Barcelona have held a summit with agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the future of three players – Adama Traore, Francisco Trincao and Nico Gonzalez.

Mendes met Barcelona president Joan Laporta, vice-president Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany at the Via Veneto restaurant in the city on Thursday evening.

All three players are represented by Mendes and, according to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, the dinner table conversation focused around the next stages in their careers.

Adama Traore (left) and Nico Gonzalez (right) were among the Barcelona players under discussion as the club hierarchy met with influential agent Jorge Mendes on Thursday

Mendes met the Barcelona president and other officials at an upmarket restaurant 

Traore, 26, is on loan at Barcelona from Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the deal includes an option to buy the winger for nothing in the summer.

However, Traore hasn’t made the biggest impression during his loan spell and has failed to score in 15 matches so far. The Spain international has, however, contributed four assists.

The return of Ousmane Dembele to the side has limited Traore’s opportunities and there are doubts over whether Barcelona will make the move permanent, something Mendes doubtless wanted to divine.

Trincao, 22, went the other way last summer, joining Wolves on a season-long loan. There is also a non-mandatory purchase option in the terms of the winger’s contract.

Francisco Trincao has spent the season on loan with Wolves in the Premier League

Barcelona president Joan Laporta wanted to discuss the future of the trio with Mendes

He has scored twice and contributed one assist in 27 matches for the Molineux club so far this season.

Midfielder Nico, 20, is another Mendes client and a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy. He has played 37 games for Barcelona this season, scoring twice, having been elevated from the B team.

Although he has a contract until 2024, there is interest from several European clubs and Mendes no doubt wanted to scope out Barcelona’s long-term plans for the youngster.

Traore has failed to make much of an impression since signing on loan from Wolves 

Barcelona, who are second in the LaLiga table, will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Real Mallorca on Sunday night.

They have lost their last three home matches – 3-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt to seal their exit from the Europa League, plus 1-0 league losses to Cadiz and Rayo Vallecano.

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