Though Arsenal have been linked with Spanish international and Celta Vigo top striker Nolito, there is still a great probability that his signing this summer will not happen as expected.
The main factor that has influenced the signing of the striker by Arsenal is the fact that he can play anywhere in attack and even as a centre-forward with his performances for Celta Vigo used as an evidence of his consistent performances. The forward has also earned a place in La Roja’s starting eleven scoring five goals in his last six games for the Spanish team.
According to some reports, Arsenal already agreed personal terms with the player and are confident they can reach an agreement with his club. Nolito will also come at a bargain with his release clause revealed to be as low as £14 million by Celta Vigo. This is In contrast to the highly inflated transfer market where figures for average players are far higher than their actual worth.
The problem with the signing of the player is his advanced age which is 29 meaning that he has a few years left in him. This is contradictory to the philosophy of Arsene Wenger who rarely signs players above 30 and also gives contract not more than 12 months to players of the same age. Manchester City and Barcelona might be Arsenal’s greatest rivals for the signature of the player as both clubs are managed by Spanish managers and can guarantee him more money and Champions League football.
Arsenal will therefore face a big battle to sign him this summer to boost an inconsistent attack which has failed to bang in the goals to lead the North London club to Premier League success for the past 12 years.