Barcelona Lose Out As Guardiola Signs Nolito for Man City

Man City have secured a deal to sign 29-year old Spanish international forward on a four year deal after triggering his £13.8m release clause with his La Liga club. Nolito has finalised his reunion with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. Speaking to Manchester City website, the elated forward said: "It’s just about
trying to play my normal game and let’s hope that I can help Manchester City to win games.
"I think that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.

Former club Barcelona were also keen on the player but according to club president Josep
Maria’s “ratio of debt” scuppered their chances of
signing Spain forward Nolito during the January transfer
window, according to club president Josep Maria
Bartomeu.

Barca boss Luis Enrique was keen for his side to re-sign
Nolito earlier this year as he looked to ease the burden
on his MSN front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and
Neymar.
Nolito stayed put at Celta Vigo but now looks set to link
up with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester
City.

"In January, we did not make any signings because of
the ratio of debt, not because we had a lack of money,”
Bartomeu is quoted as saying in Sport.
"He (Luis Enrique) understood. If you cannot pay for a
car, you have to settle for another one. Despite that, it
should be said that this is not common, but it is good
that Barcelona shows that it is a club with economic
control, with maturity and rigour.

“But I cannot confirm or deny if [Luis Enrique] has again
requested the player for this summer transfer market.
"Had there been a player available on a free transfer,
then we could have signed them."

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