According to the newspaper 'Sport', these were the words of a Barça executive
It seems like not everyone in Barça wanted Nolito's signing to happen. The newspaper 'Sport' published today an information according to which there were Barça executives that were against the transfer. Actually, one of them is said to have told "we will do everything possible not to sign Nolito."
The reason for that negative decision would be that part of the Board saw the player as one of Luis Enrique's whims, that was not adapted to the club's necessities. This would be one of the reasons why Barça never paid the player's clause, a figure that Celta Vigo wanted as a minimum.
Now Nolito will face a new challenge in his sporting career under Guardiola's orders. A coach that, in his time, told him he wanted to count on him for Barça's first team. Back then Nolito had already signed a contract with Benfica. Aged 29, football trajectories happened to make Pep and Nolito's paths cross again.