Signed with a lot of promise from Celta Vigo at Pep Guardiola’s request, Nolito quickly became a forgotten figure at the Etihad last season.
The 30-year-old forward, for whom Manchester City paid £15.3m for last summer, only started 16 games in his first English campaign, which isn’t anywhere enough to justify his price tag.
Even his decent return of six goals and five assists in 30 appearances overall seems to have left Guardiola with the impression he might have made a mistake, and a return back to Spain seems to be the best option for the player.
While a move back to his beloved Celta would probably be ideal in Nolito’s eyes, the financial aspect of things makes that very difficult, which is why Sevilla seems to be a far more realistic option.
And according to Cadena COPE’s José Manuel Oliva on Monday, that deal could be done fairly quickly once Manchester City and the La Liga side sort their side of the business.
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The Spanish journalist explained that Nolito has said yes to Sevilla’s offer, and all that was left before the transfer could be made official was for the two sides to decide whether the move would be a temporary or a permanent one.
A loan would probably suit the Spanish side far more financially, especially considering the player’s age, but if Manchester City want rid completely, you could easily see them taking a loss on this one and move on quickly.
One thing looks more and more certain, however, and that’s Nolito not being a Citizen next season.