Manchester City will certainly be active in the transfer market this summer and now they appear to be turning their attentions to La Liga for reinforcements.
According to The Sun Pep Guardiola wants to sign 29-year-old Spanish international Noltio. The very skilful winger has had a very good season with Celta Vigo and earned himself a call-up to the Spanish squad for Euro 2016.
Manchester City are seeking the availability of Nolito this summer and would have to pay the £14 million release clause in his contract to secure the Spanish International’s signature.
Nolito is no stranger to Pep Guardiola and the manager is a huge fan of the player, the two worked together in Guardiola’s first two seasons at Barcelona and it is being reported the new City manager wants to be reunited with him at City this summer.
Nolito left Barcelona to join Benfica after being sounded out of the first team and making just two appearances, his impressive rise saw him return to Spain two years later to sign with Celta where he has scored 39 goals in 100 appearances.
His impressive goal-scoring record caught the eye of the Spanish national manager as he has now earned 10 caps scoring four goals and started Spain’s opening game at Euro 2016.
The underwhelming form of City’s stars Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling could see Nolito slot into the first team and give Guardiola great options on the wing.
We pay close attention to how Nolito compares with City’s record signing Sterling. The English winger cost City £49 million last summer after he left Anfield for the Etihad. Nolito has had a superb season for Celta and managed to score 0.44 goals per 90 minutes compared to Sterling who managed 0.28. Nolito once again shows why he is so in demand this summer after contributing to 0.25 assists which is once again superior to Sterling who contributed to just 0.09. Wingers have many aspects to their game, and one of them is to create chances. Nolito, who was phenomenal last season created 2.19 chances per 90 minutes which is fantastic for a forward player. Sterling however managed just 1.64 which is still quite impressive for the 21-year-old winger. Noltio cleans up a full house with total attack score, his astonishing season sees him manage a score of 26.02 which helps him come out on top of Sterling who scores 20.41.
Barcelona were desperate to bring him back to the Nou Camp last season but any proposed deal fell through, and now it seems Manchester City are in poll position to land their target.
Nolito’s low release clause has caught the eye of many clubs including City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and a good performance at the Euros could trigger bids from more than just City, so Pep may want to act on the clubs interest sooner rather than later. If City do firm up their interest with a formal bid they will be confident that the Pep factor will convince Nolito to head to the blue side of Manchester over other interested clubs.