Barcelona look to have missed out on the signing of Celta Vigo’s Nolito as Sky Sports have reported that Pep Guardiola is about to make his first signing as Man City manager in the form of the Spanish forward.
Sky have said that talks have increased between City and Nolito’s representatives after Spain were eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday.
And it was Guardiola himself that gave Nolito his first team debut when the 29-year-old played for Barcelona, but the veteran forward played mainly in the Catalans ‘B’ team before moving on to Benfica in 2011.
Despite his unhappy tenure at the Nou Camp, Barcelona remained keen on the versatile attacker especially following Nolito’s excellent 2015/16 campaign in La Liga, scoring 12 times and assisting in 7 goals in just 27 games.
However, it appears that Man City have won the race for the €18m star, and provides a number of alternative options in varied positions for Pep Guardiola in the Premier League next season.
Nolito’s ability to play on either wing indicates that Raheem Sterling’s starting place is in danger following an average season for the ex-Liverpool winger in the last campaign and a simply dreadful Euro 2016.
Is Nolito an impressive signing for the Citizens?