Nope guys don't want to be stuck in the friend zone with women their attracted to. Chances are he's hoping to level up to boyfriend status. I've had guy friends and I gained tiny crushes on them at one point.
I do think a relationship between a guy and a girl with no romantic or sexual feelings is possible. For me it isn't apparently. I either fall really hard for the guy and he doesn't like me that way and we aren't friends anymore or he likes me and I don't like him. It is hard for me because every time I start a friendship with a guy I tell myself it will be different this time. But the attraction grows and I end up falling hard for him. It sucks but I think other people have more luck.