Two Barcelona stars have warned their club they are missing a trick if they allow Manchester City to snap up Spain winger Nolito.
The Blues are interested in the Celta Vigo man , who has a release clause of £13.8million (18million euros) in his contract.
That price, and Nolito’s performances for Spain at Euro 2016 – as well as a fine season for his club – have aroused the interest of Europe’s top clubs in the late developer.
Barca and City are said to be heading the queue, and incoming City boss Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of Nolito – not only as a player, but also as a man.
Sergio Busquets reckons that whoever lands the player, who worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, will pull off one of the bargains of the summer.
The fact that the player turns 30 in October would not fit with City’s preference to sign young players, but at the price Nolito would certainly be worth the expense.
Like Guardiola was, Nolito is a player for whom the trappings of football stardom take second place to the glory of playing the game.
Guardiola used to drive a Volkswagen Golf into training at Barcelona, even when he was cleaning up on major honours – and Nolito still turns up in a Mini.
“These days 18 million euros only buys the boot of a great player, so that price is a good price for Nolito,” said the Spain and Barca midfielder.
And that sentiment was backed up by his teammate for club and country Gerard Pique, who said: “Nolito at that price is a bargain”.