The Gunners might have been dealt a huge blow in their mission to get a striker during the winter transfer window as one of their targets has rather shown affinity towards his former club. Celta Vigo striker, Nolito, has showered praises on Barcelona’s coach, Luis Enrique for the 1998 World Cup star’s mentoring while he was in Barcelona B years ago. Nolito, who left Barcelona after being unable to break into the senior team, has become one of the most demanded forwards in Europe following his form this season.
The 29 year-old only made 2 senior team’s appearances for the Catalans before departing for Benfica in 2011. Amidst reports that the Camp Nou outfits are interested in having him back, Nolito has singled out their handler for appreciation saying: “Luis Enrique taught me a great deal during the four years I was there. The good and the bad sides of football. He was always upfront with me, he is one of my sporting fathers. He made me realise in Barca B that I could earn my living in this profession. He insisted I lose weight and take care of myself. His advice was very important to advance in my career.”
The Spain international who made his debut against England on Friday is said to have been identified by Barcelona as a winter target after the Liga giants lost Pedro during the summer transfer window. Injuries to Messi and Rafinha saw the La Liga champions short of attacking options, and the need for a forward arose.
Arsenal might have to look elsewhere for a winter signing as long as a forward is concerned, as Nolito seems to be tilting towards to a Nou Camp return rather than a move to the Emirates. The Celta Vigo’s highest scorer in La Liga this season has 7 goals in 11 games. Celta Vigo are currently 4th placed in La Liga, 6 points behind League leaders Barcelona, and Nolito has been influential in their surprisingly form this season.