Arsenal can sign Spanish striker for £13.8m, confirms president

Manuel Nolito

Celta Vigo President has claimed that Arsenal can sign Spanish star striker Manuel Nolito for £13.8m this summer, according to the reports from Mirror.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been eager to sign some elite players this summer transfer window after completing the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach and also looked close to Vardy, but the Englishman might finally end at the Kings Stadium next term.

While the Gunners will be on the lookout for other options, Wenger is expected to bring a wide man as Theo Walcott may depart after losing his first team place in the Gunners squad to Alex Iwobi.

The same goes to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he has been linked with a move away from the Emirate Stadium and West Ham are reported to be keeping a close tag.

Riyad Mahrez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium but as per reports from Mirror earlier this month, the Gunners are likely to loose him to Manchester United. In the light of the above, Wenger is set to divert his attention on Spanish attacker Nolito.

Nolito, 29, had a decorated season last term with Celta Vigo where he netted 12 goals and provided 7 assists in his 29 appearances and also proved his worth at the Euro 2016 after he scored during the 3-0 victory.

As per the reports from Mirror, the North London club are showing interest in signing the ace this summer and have now been told by the Celta Vigo president, Carlos Mourino, that the player has a release clause in his contract worth just £13.8m.

Mourino also claims that he thinks the attacker will leave the club this summer. As quoted by the Mirror, he said:

“I think that Nolito will leave Celta this year. There are no numbers, no negotiations.”

“He has a buy-out clause of €18m (£13.8m). Who pays it can sign him.” 

The newspaper also stated that Arsenal are said to face completion from Chelsea and Manchester City, and feel the price would be a bargain for a player of Nolito’s quality in today’s market so it’s easy to understand why Wenger is tempted.

During the week we will see how the deal goes but Nolito is capable of playing on either wing so he’d give Wenger plenty of options in attack if he does end up joining Arsenal and that will also delight the Gunners fans.

Personally, I feel Mahrez should be our go to man, but if his move to the Emirates Stadium fails Nolito would be a solid back-up and his pace power, clever movement, brilliant technique and better-quality finishing would make him the perfect foil for Ozil’s vision in the final third.

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