Nolito won't improve Manchester City's attacking options

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The start of the new Premier League season is just over a month away and the big clubs have already been busy in the transfer market.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have added high-profile additions with the signings of Michy Batshuayi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic respectively.

Arsenal have brought in highly rated Swiss international Granit Xhaka, whilst Jurgen Klopp has spent big at Liverpool, signing Sadio Mane from Southampton for a fee which could rise to £36 million.


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As expected, favourites for the title Manchester City have also been very active in the transfer market.

25-year-old Ilkay Gundogan was the first signing under Pep Guardiola, with Ukranian international Oleksandr Zinchenko also being brought in under Guardiola's orders. At 19, the youngster is obviously a signing for the future, but he could be an exciting prospect at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola's second signing certainly seems an unexpected one though. Spanish international Nolito completed his move to the Etihad from Celta Vigo for £13.8m.

The former Benfica player doesn't possess as much pace as Raheem Sterling or Jesus Navas, and at 29-years-old, you have to question why Guardiola brought him to the club.

Before the European Championships this summer, Nolito was fairly unknown to the majority and made just two league appearances when he joined Barcelona under Guardiola in 2008.

Just 12 goals in 46 appearances during his time at Benfica is hardly an encouraging statistic, and it's hard to see how Nolito will improve a side who already has attacking options like Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne.

After scoring against Turkey at Euro 2016, Nolito struggled against the tougher opposition in Croatia and Italy, failing to have any impact on the two games during a very disappointing tournament for the Spanish.

It's not that the Spaniard doesn't possess quality, his twelve goals helped Celta Vigo achieve a Europa League spot last season, and he did show his ability in the opening two games for Spain at the European Championships, but at 29, and coming into a more physically demanding league, it's certainly not a signing you would expect from a team who will be aiming to win both the Premier League and Champions League.

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