Optimism in Celta negociations, pessimism in Villarreal's
Nolito and Denis Suárea are the two sagas, at blaugrana level, of this transfer window. After Pedro left to Chelsea, and because of the little trust Munir and Sandro have earned, the names of 2 ex-Barça players have been inevitable in transfer rumours.
While the clock is ticking, and only 10 days from the deadline day, the potential issue of the negotiations is being looked into: the idea is for Nolito to arrive at Camp Nou right now and for Denis Suárez's arrival to be delayed to the summer transfer window, according to Miguel Rico's explanations in Mundo Deportivo, which reminds us of the words Robert Fernández pronounced after the Athletic game: "The work has been done."
All transactions are conditioned by the economic aspect: it is impossible to pay the Andalousian player's 18-million buyout clause, and the budget available is of 3 million euros. Therefore, according to Rico, the strategy is to use those 3 million euros to close a Nolito loan until the end of the season and then pay the 18 million euros of the transfer in the summer. In the club, he says, they are very optimistic with that option and they are sure the deal will be closed.
Rico also explains that there is less optimism with regards to the possibility to sign Denis Suárez immediately. Villarreal, rightly, consider that the Galician is a Villarreal player until the end of the season and that Barça will only be able to invoke the buy-back clause this summer. And they won't change their position.