25 august 2016, Updated 11:36h

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Celta's Nolito WILL come to FC Barcelona in the summer

Nolito will arrive in July under the express petition of Luis Enrique. The coach has wanted his arrival...

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Lluis Miguelsanz | 20.2.2016 | 02:53h.

March is arriving, the key time for all sporting projects for the future at all clubs. Weeks of definitive decisions to create the squad for the season that comes. Decisive days to see who is staying and who is going. Meetings, conversations and the start of negotiations. At Barcelona, one name is clear. Nolito will arrive in July under the express petition of Luis Enrique, who does not want to experiment - this footballer has all the characteristics the club demands. It's not a sealed deal, but the decision is clear.

Barcelona have started to plan for next season. A key move is to sign a central defender who can force themselves into the team. Someone who could become an indisputable starter. And this costs money. The second is to sign a forward that can complete the squad, to go with the current trident. It has to be a player that is willing to be a substitute but can come on and provide quality minutes. The sporting director has searched the European market, but the coach has picked Nolito for various clear reasons. 

He doesn't wnat to throw a footballer who can't take the pressure into this situation. Nolito wanted to come from the first moment. Lucho also prefers to sign from the Spanish market. This season shows that, with Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan arriving. Nolito would accept a secondary role without problems, and economiclly it's possible for the club in the summer.

The outcome of the story will be different in July than in January, when Celta refused to loan him to Barcelona. The club know they can't keep their star and it's logical they put him on the market. And Nolito wants to come to Barcelona. He's rejected Premier League offers and has a huge offer from China, but will stay and hope he can wear Blaugrana from the summer onwards. This perseverence could have its prize. His clause is 18m euros, but in the summer they could let him go for less.

Relations between Barcelona and Celta Vigo are not in their best moment. It will not be easy, but Nolito has fought for the move. And Barcelona and Luis Enrique will not leave him hanging. He could be the first transfer.

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