Manchester City are believed to have activated a release clause and will sign Celta Vigo’s attacker Nolito in the near future.
The 29-year-old is currently part of the Spanish EURO 2016 squad and he found the net in their 3-0 Group D win over Turkey.
City are believed to have offered Nolito a three-year deal with the option of a fourth, and he would cost somewhere in the region of €18 million.
[Pep] Guardiola sees him as capable of playing in a City front-three alongside fellow Spain star David Silva and Sergio Aguero but also capable of playing through the middle and generally being a hugely valuable player at such a bargain price.
Barcelona almost signed Nolito in January but could not afford the fee at the time.
At club level, Nolito spent some time at Barcelona before a spell in Portugal with Benfica between 2011 and 2013 where he scored 16 times in 63 total games.
A move back to La Liga and Granada followed before Nolito switched to Celta where he has hit double figures in each of his three seasons at the club.
City are the market for a striker and have also been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nolito not expensive by Man City terms – club have activated £13.8m release clause #mcfc
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) June 21, 2016