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Barcelona target Celta Vigo's Nolito as Pedro replacement

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Manchester United have reportedly met Pedro's £22 million release clause and Barcelona are looking into Celta Vigo's Nolito as his replacement, according to The Mirror.

The Red Devils are looking at a potential replacement for homesick Angel Di Maria and have met Pedro's release clause as a move for the Spanish winger keeps getting closer and closer.

Barcelona will have to look into a replacement despite their transfer ban, and look like they are scouting La Liga itself for a worthy replacement for Pedro.

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Pedro vs Nolito

Barcelona obviously won the league last season in Spain, while Celta Vigo finished eighth, which is still a very respectable position and you have to consider that Celta had one of their best seasons from the past four years.

Pedro didn't play that many games last season with Barcelona, obviously due to Neymar, Messi and Suarez's great form. In total, he played 35 games (started 15 of those 35), scored six goals and made six assists.

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Nolito on the other hand, played 36 games and scored 13 goals while also making 13 assists. He's also got seven Man of the Match's awards and it goes to show that Nolito is definitely a superior player or at least was last season.

Both players are attacking left midfielders and are 28 years old, so Nolito does seem to be the perfect replacement for Pedro who seems to be on the go and could sign for Manchester United in the coming days.

Nolito is also good at set pieces and is known for a couple of free kick goals he scored last season so overall, Barcelona seem like they would be getting a better player if they sign him, at least in terms of stats.

Price

Nolito has a release clause of £7.1 million which means Barcelona would have a lot of money leftover from Pedro's transfer if it did happen.

It's not only a good deal for Barcelona who would save a lot of money whilst getting a very good replacement for Pedro, but it's also a good deal for Celta Vigo as the Spanish club aren't exactly known for having ridiculous finances. £7.1 million is quite a good amount of money to receive for just one player. 

Is this move likely if Pedro joined the Red Devils?

Obviously, not many people know about Nolito and if you don't follow La Liga, you're quite unlikely to know about him. He's been linked with Everton but there was never a lot of media attention on that.

Nolito has already played for the Barcelona B team between 2008 and 2011, and he did play two games with the first team in the 2010-2011 season before moving to Benfica. I believe that if Pedro was to move, Nolito could most likely move to the Blaugranas.

It's true that with the signings of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid and Aleix Vidal from Sevilla, Barca don't seem like they really need a winger this badly, especially considering that whoever they sign even this summer will only be able to play in January 2016.

With that, Nolito has already played for Barcelona, so he is quite familiar with the team, especially considering the fact that he is a Spanish international and he's played alongside a couple of Spanish Barcelona players (Pique, Busquets, Iniesta, etc).

The move does seem quite likely however we can't be sure before the Pedro move is finalised. 

What do you think Barcelona fans? Would you rather have Pedro or Nolito at your club? If you picked Nolito, what do you think he has more than Pedro?

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