Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their attempts to land Celta Vigo star Nolito amid interest from Barcelona, according to the Daily Express.
The 29-year old forward has been linked with a winter switch to North London as they look to add reinforcements to their title challenge.
However, the Spanish international has a history with the Blaugrana and is thought to favour move to the Catalan giants.
He struggled to make an impact under legendary boss Pep Guardiola during his first stint at the Camp Nou, but is keen to rejoin under Luis Enrique.
Following his eight goals in 18 La Liga games this season, clubs are thought to be circling the former Benfica star as his release clause is around £14m.
Despite reports Wenger is keen to push through a deal now the transfer market is open for business, it is thought the deal has suffered a major blow.
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