Earlier in the year Arsenal were linked with Celta Vigo forward Nolito, but it appeared to be nothing but a rumour.
The player himself has expressed a desire to move to FC Barcelona, who were also allegedly interested, so it felt like Arsenal’s supposed interest may be little but agent talk.
Now, though, the Gunners could have a clean run at the Spanish international. Barcelona are put off by his asking price, and the Mirror and Mundo Deportivo are both claiming that Arsenal have entered negotiations with Celta Vigo.
Already 29 years of age, he’s no long-term prospect but would be expected to deliver instant results with Arsène Wenger targeting the title this season. Nolito’s release clause is €18m (£13m), which seems a lot for a player of his age but not if you think he will help you win the title.
So far this season, the Gunners have had little alternative to Alexis Sánchez – where Nolito plays – on the left wing, and are now using Joel Campbell in that position with the Chilean injured.
There’s little noise around Danny Welbeck’s return, which feels like it’ll never arrive, so Wenger is likely to look out for a player who can play on the left wing.
So far this season, Nolito has scored eight goals and created five more, meaning he’s had a direct involvement in more than 50% of Celta Vigo’s La Liga goals this season, helping them to a surprising fourth place after 14 games.
It’s not a one-off either – after failing to impress at Barcelona, Benfica and Granada the winger has managed 35 goals for Celta Vigo since signing for the club in 2013.
Watch this space!