There have been consistent rumours regarding Celta Cigo striker Nolito this season, with the forward’s fine form attracting attention from a number of clubs. The latest report suggests Arsene Wenger is willing to meet his €18m (£12.6m) release clause in January, beating Barcelona to his signature, according to AS Diario (via The Telegraph).
The 29-year-old has been excellent this season, which has prompted Barca boss Luis Enrique to consider bringing him back to the club where he spent a number of years.
The Telegraph’s report goes on to suggest that Wenger is willing to triple the Spaniard’s current wages, which would no doubt prove an enticing offer.
Barcelona may struggle to match our offer, as despite the size of the club, reports suggest they are struggling for funds at the moment. Enrique has had to negotiate with the board in order to meet his release clause (via The Telegraph), with the senior members looking at more budget friendly options like Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt.
This is where the report starts to get a little unbelievable, as it’s hard to see arguably one of the biggest clubs in football targeting the Dutch duo who are well past their prime. They aren’t of the required calibre to play in Turkey, never mind for Barcelona.
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There are question marks over whether Nolito is the right player for Arsenal, as he isn’t really a step up on our current options. We really need that world class forward who can take us to the next level, and at 29 the Celta star doesn’t really look like what we need.