FC Barcelona asked to get him on loan in the winter market with a purchase option
Luis Enrique continues with the idea of strengthening the offensive positions during winter market and the first player on the list is Nolito. Celta winger is doing a great season (7 goals and 4 assists in 11 games) and he already knows FC Barcelona and the coach of his time at Barça B. No need to adapt; he would perfectly fit with the role Pedro had last year, as Munir and Sandro are performing below expectations.
However, incorporating Nolito seems very complicated right now and the negotiations are deadlocked. Barcelona are in a delicate economic situation after investments of recent years, renovations and bonus for having won the treble. This makes it difficult for the board to assume extra expense, because if they spend too much, they should resign. Given this situation, the sports management offered an alternative to Celta, according to the newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The club has requested the transfer of Nolito on loan during winter market until the end of the season with option to purchase if he offers good performance. But Celta de Vigo don't like it and repeated that if someone wants Nolito, the €18 million clause will have to be paid. This would be another obstacle for negotiations, because Barcelona would only be willing to pay €8-9 million.
With this situation, it seems difficult for Barcelona to get the player, so Luis Enrique will have to conform with the incorporation of Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal. Meanwhile, Nolito have proposals from other clubs coming from England and Italy, willing to pay the €18 million clause Celta are asking.