There has been no shortage of talent produced in Argentinos Juniors’ academy over the years but Nicolás González is set to become the most expensive sale in the club’s history when the 20-year-old completes a €8.5 million move to Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.
González is travelling to Germany on Sunday to complete a medical and sign a five-year deal after Stuttgart saw off competition from Inter to agree a fee with Argentinos Juniors.
That deal is reportedly for around €8.5 million with Argentinos Juniors retaining 12% of any future transfer fee.
After something of a breakthrough campaign, González scored seven times as Argentinos Juniors, on the club’s return to the top flight, finished a comfortable twelfth.
Quick, alert in the penalty area and flexible enough to play across the frontline, González had been strongly linked with a move to Inter but when a fee wasn’t agreed, Stuttgart were able to enter negotiations and match Argentinos Juniors’ demands.
A club record fee couldn’t be ignored but there is no question that the loss of González is a blow to Argentinos.
Having joined the club’s under-15s, González was handed his senior debut by Gabriel Heinze in 2016 and scored the goal against Gimnasia de Jujuy to seal promotion back to the top flight.
The arrival of veteran striker Lucas Barrios initially saw González lose his place in the side under Alfredo Berti but the 20-year-old soon regained his starting place and was a vital part of Los Bichos success last season.
Still raw, González has plenty of room to develop, but Stuttgart will have added a player with enormous potential, just as they did with Santiago Ascacibar last year. The young defensive midfielder looks set to break into the Argentina squad this season and he and full-back Emiliano Insúa should make González’s settling in much easier.
The Bundesliga club may need some patience but the Argentinian’s pace and willingness to run at defenders will cause problems if given the opportunity.