Arsenal’s hopes of landing Celta Vigo’s in-form attacker Nolito in January have been dealt a blow, with Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez having hinted that his side are looking to re-sign the their former player.
The 28-year-old has emerged as a target for the Gunners of late amid suggestions that he’s eager to link up with the Londoners’ contingent of Spanish players.
However, Barca have been in the running for Nolito for some time following his blistering rise in la Liga.
The winger used to play for the Catalan club, but he left in 2011 in search of first-team football, which he found at Benfica, Granada and Celta.
And when talking about a potential move for Nolito in January, Fernandez refused to rubbish claims that Barca are keen:
“Nolito? He’s a great player, part of the national team,” he told Cadena Ser (via talkSPORT).
“I don’t want to talk too much about him because it can create problems when a player is under contract to another team.
“He’s there and it could happen, but he’s a Celta player. I haven’t spoken either to Nolito or his representative.”
Nolito was the most creative player in Spain’s top tier last term – he made 95 chances for team-mates – and has already scored five goals this season.