Whether he’s right for us or not, Celta Vigo striker Nolito has been heavily linked with an Emirates switch ahead of the January transfer window (via the Metro). He could currently be secured rather cheaply, but that could all change if he signs the new contract on the table.
The La Liga side are looking to tie him down with a new deal, as they value him at €25m – far more than the €18m release clause in his current contract (via the Express). Nolito has turned down the proposed deal though, insisting that there is a “detail” that is not yet resolved.
“There is a detail that is not resolved and while it is not settled, I will not sign,” Nolito said (via the Express).
“I have a three-and-a-half-year contract and a clause of €18m (£12.6m).
“Valencia, Atletico [Madrid], Naples, Liverpool [wanted me]… and I’m still here.
“If someday a team wants me then come speak with Celta and pay what you have to pay.
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“No more. I want to be quiet. To me no one has called me nor Celta either.”
With three and a half years remaining on his current deal – and Nolito already aged 29 – it’s clearly not the length of the contract Celta are concerned about. The report suggests they are looking to insert a £17.5m (€25m) in his new deal, which would seem enough to deter most.
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Even at £12.6m there are question marks over his suitability, so a new contract would surely scupper any chance (or desire) Arsene Wenger has of signing him. Clearly we need to move quickly if we want to bring the Spaniard to the Emirates, but do we actually want to see Nolito in an Arsenal shirt?