There are quite a few positive factors to encourage Arsenal fans about the prospect of Arsene Wenger making the Spanish international striker Nolito his second Arsenal transfer of the summer after Granit Xhaka. The main one of these is the fact that the president of his current La Liga club Celta Vigo has admitted that he expects the fiorward to leave.
Carlos Mourino has admitted that Nolito has a release clause of just under £14 million, as reported by the Daily Star, and even though the player is nearly 30-years old, that is a steal at today’s prices for a striker who is now first choice for Spain after a great season with his club.
The 29-year old can play as a wide forward as well as through the middle and is technically very good and creative as well as being fast and a strong finisher. And as his career is a late bloomer he is likely to want to grab any chance he can get to play at the highest level, so being able to offer the chance of a Premier League title as well as Champions League football playing alongside the likes of Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Cazorla must surely put the Gunners in a strong position.
The problem is, though, that the striker’s five goals in six games for Spain in 2016 means that there will be a number of clubs very keen on him and according to the Daily Mail our EPL rivals Man City are one of them, with the lure of success and working with Pep Guardiola.
I do think that Wenger and Arsenal can win this transfer battle though, as long as the Frenchman can promise the Spaniard more playing opportunities than he would get behind Sergio Aguero at the Etihad. The question is, will Wenger be willing to do this or does he still want Olivier Giroud to lead the line?