Barcelona did all they could to sign Nolito, says club vice-president

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Barcelona did everything they could to sign Celta winger Nolito, according to club vice-president Jordi Mestre.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique had said throughout the transfer window that the club were looking to strengthening their front-line and the Catalan club were heavily linked with the 29-year-old.

Mestre confirmed that Barcelona tried everything they could to sign Nolito but they couldn’t quite get the transfer over the line before the window slammed shut.


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“There were times in which (the transfer) was done and times in which it wasn’t,” Mestre told Mundo Deportivo.

“There was a negotiation and for our part we have made offers and alternatives even more than we could offer but the other part, Celta, didn’t yield. Barca did everything we could and more to sign him.”

Nolito, who has scored eight goals in ten appearances in all competitions this season, was also linked with Arsenal during the window but it’s unknown whether the Gunners made an official bid.

The Spanish winger spent three years at the Nou Camp but turned out mainly for the Barcelona B side where he played 106 times under the guidance of Enrique. He only managed to make five senior appearances for the Spanish champions during the 2010/11 season before being sold to Benfica.

He returned to Spain with Granada after one and a half seasons in Portugal but was shortly signed by Enrique at Celta in 2013.

Nolito, who has played five times for his country, has made 84 appearances for Celta scoring 35 goals but was denied a reunion with Enrique with his club seemingly reluctant to sell him.

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