Celta Vigo told Barcelona that they have to pay €18 million if they want to sign their star striker Nolito this winter.
The Spanish outfit’s technical director Miguel Torrecilla has warned Barcelona that there won’t be any negotiations if the asking price is not met, which is also Nolito’s release clause.
Torrecilla made it very clear what he expects from any potential suitors who wants to sign the Spanish international by quoting that:
“If Barcelona or any club want to sign Nolito, it is easy, you just have to pay his buyout clause.”
Arsenal were also rumored to be interested in the player, but Arsene Wenger recent comments on new signings suggest that they have pulled out from the race for the signature of ex-Barca B player.
The report emerged in Sport last week claimed that Nolito has already agreed terms with Barcelona in principle, but Celta are yet to agree a transfer fee for the player.
According to the report, the deal will see the player initially moving on loan to Camp Nou, with the option to it permanent at the end of the season.
The Galician side is reluctant to let the player leave on loan and this could hinder any chance for Luis Enrique to get one of his main transfer targets this winter.
Barcelona may not be willing to pay these € 18m, because this could risk breaking the financial fair play rules.
The 29-year old has scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists to help Celta Vigo finish 8th in La Liga last season and has scored eight goals so far this season.