FC Barcelona Vice-President Jordi Mestre has confirmed that the Spanish giants went all out to secure the signature of their former player Nolito, only for Celta Vigo to rebuff the approach.
Having had their transfer ban lifted, FC Barcelona were expected to once again dip in the transfer market and strengthen their squad, especially given the fact that they have had a lot of injury issues in the build up to the January window.
FC Barcelona confirm Nolito offer
The FC Barcelona Vice-President Jordi Metre was on hand to reveal the unsuccessful attempt to sign the player who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal FC this season.
“Barcelona put in all they could, plus even more to try to sign him,” the 53-year-old was quoted saying by Goal.com.
“There were negotiations and we did make offers and alternative deals more than we could.
“But on the other side, Celta did not give in.”
Nolito’s form attracting attention
The Spanish international’s form with Celta Vigo is starting to attract attention from a lot of top clubs.
Celts Vigo are in fine form, level on points with Athletic Bilbao in 6th position, with 34 points. One of the prime reason for Celta Vigo’s fine showing in the league has been Nolito. The former Barca B man has already notched up 8 goals and laid off 5 assists in 15 appearances in the Liga BBVA.
With Rafinha out injured for the majority of the season, Munir and Sandro are the only other alternatives alongside Arda Turan, FC Barcelona’s lack of depth in the attacking department means the Spaniard would have been a welcome addition.