Arsenal could attempt to engineer a transfer for Celta Vigo forward Nolito in the January transfer window if they continue to have problems with their frontline.
According to reports in Spanish newspaper Sport, the 28-year-old may well be available in the early stages of the New Year.
That, coupled with Arsene Wenger’s growing need for a natural forward, makes for a pretty obvious transfer link.
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Nolito was mentioned frequently in connection with Barcelona during the summer following their sale of Pedro Rodriguez, but it looks as though Luis Enrique has decided that avenue isn’t one he wants to explore.
Nolito transfer possible
However, the Brazilian could well be looking for a bigger club than Celta and that could lead him to Arsenal’s doorstep.
The striker’s current contract reportedly includes a buy-out clause of €24million - a sum that is relatively cheap, in today’s market, for a forward who scored 13 league goals last year and 14 the year before.
So far this term Nolito has fired five in five in La Liga and given his age he may well be heading towards his peak.
Arsenal move beneficial?
That could coincide well with Arsenal’s need for more firepower, with the general consensus being that Wenger doesn’t possess a natural goalscorer.
Indeed, neither Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud inspire confidence regularly for the Gunners and there’s only so much Alexis Sanchez can do in front of goal.
Wenger was criticised widely for not purchasing a new striker during the summer transfer window. It’s probably best he doesn’t make the same mistake again in January.
Arsenal fans, do you need a new forward? Is Nolito the right man to lead the line for the club? Let us know in the comments box below.