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Arsenal given hope in Barcelona battle for Spain star

Arsenal have been handed a boost as they battle with Barcelona for Celta Vigo star Nolito, according to reports in the Metro.

The Spanish club are understood to favour a sale abroad, rather than lose the in-form striker to a fellow La Liga team.

Seven goals in eleven games this season have seen top clubs on the continent sit up and take note of the 29-year old, who recently became a fully-fledged Spanish international, and is now in with a huge chance of making La Roja’s Euro 2016 squad.

A versatile attacker, Nolito is able to play either wide or centrally in forward positions, and has proved devastating in front of goal.

Reports suggest the former Benfica man has a £12.6m buyout clause in his deal, and Celta would rather see him move to another league. However, if both clubs trigger the clause, it will be up to the player to decide where he goes.

The Gunners are also said to have the advantage financially, with the North London side reportedly prepared to triple his wages should he agree to move to the Emirates.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been without Danny Welbeck all season, though he could return in the New Year. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud had been alternating as front men, until Walcott fell foul to a hamstring injury.

After opting against signing an outfield player in the summer, Wenger could be keen on adding to his forward department in the January sales.

Article title: Arsenal given hope in Barcelona battle for Spain star

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