Arsenal have opened talks with Celta Vigo striker Nolito over a deal of £13million.

The 29-year-old striker has been one of Celta Vigo’s key players this season as they are pushing hard for a place in the Champions League.

However, Nolito’s current form has led to rumours over a potential move to the Emirates or Barcelona. But according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are leading the race to sign the striker. It is also suggested, Arsenal have started negotiations with Nolito and his agent, leaving only a payment of his £13m buyout clause to be sorted out.

Spanish giants Barcelona are rumoured to be unable to match the clause because of some “liquidity problems”.

Last season’s treble winners will be able to do business in the transfer market in January for the first time since 2014 after they were handed a 14-month suspension for breaching Fifa’s rules on the transfer of under-18 players.

Nolito also ruled out any possible return to Barca with whom he played from 2008-2011, when talking to reporters, I’m trying to stay calm and help Celta as much as possible and to disconnect from everything that is being said about me.

“I do not know if I’m in the prime of my career, but I am very happy and feel good. Things are going well, I can’t complain, but I think the best is yet to come.”

Despite his recent Champions League hat-trick against Olympiakos, it still remains to be seen if Olivier Giroud can guide the line for Arsenal; he has scored nine goals in 16 league appearances so far this season while Theo Walcott has played only seven league fixtures till now this term as injury has once again affected his return. The 26-year-old Englishman has netted only two times and contributed two assists this season, and Wenger is not sure whether the forward is a wholly trustworthy option to lead the attacking line as Arsenal are looking to win their first Premier League trophy in over a decade.

That’s why Wenger has turned all his attentions to La Liga star Nolito, and sees the lethal attacker as an ideal option to give his squad the edge they need in the domestic title race.

 

 

 

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