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Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola is looking to bring Celta Vigo winger Nolito to the Barclays Premier League, as per reports in Spain.
Nolito was signed for Celta Vigo in July 2013 by Luis Enrique – the man who coached him during their time together at Barcelona B. The 29-year-old joined the La Liga club on a four-year deal, and enjoyed an impressive first year, in which he scored 14 goals and became the team’s top scorer for the season.
He has continued to perform on a high level ever since, and his impressive displays from last season saw him get called up to represent Spain in the Euro 2016 tournament. The wide man has so far started all the three group games for the Spaniards, and also bagged a goal in their 3-0 win over Turkey.
But apart from the international call-up, the Spanish international is also being linked with potential transfers to the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona.
However, Manchester City have now joined the race for his signature, and the presence of Pep Guardiola at City’s helm could prove to be a hugely influential factor, as Pep was the one who handed Nolito his debut back in 2010.
In a recent interview with Reporte Jalisco, Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino revealed that Nolito looks set to leave the club, and all the interested parties need to do is activate his release clause of €18 million – a small figure for City given their humongous financial resources.
Mourino was quoted as saying: “I believe Nolito will leave this year. He is playing well, one of the players we have got a lot out of. One of those players who was at a lower level and we were able to bring him back up again.
“Nolito’s contract has a clause of €18m. Whoever pays that can take him. There is no [room for] negotiations – we will not sell for less than €18m. If anybody pays the clause, we must let him go, whether we like it or not. If that happens, then fine, [although] he is a great player, and has three years left on his contract with us.”
The arrival of Nolito at the Etihad – which does indeed look likely – would possibly mark the end of Samir Nasri’s Manchester City career, Manchester Evening News have claimed.