Barcelona forward Nolito is being tracked by both Newcastle United and QPR.
Nolito – itchy feet to move on from Barcelona
Manuel Agudo Durán, known as Nolito – but don’t ask me why – has only played five times for the Barcelona first team, but has played 97 times with 28 goals for their Reserve side, Barcelona B, who play in a lower division of the Spanish league.
Of course there are some very good players at Barcelona who cannot get too many games for the first team, who won again last night 1-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk and possibly set up a semi-final tie against their rivals – Real Madrid – what a game that should be.
We’ll let you guess who scored the Barcelona goal – but a little hint – it was his 48th goal this season. 😀
Nolito, who can play on the wing or as a second striker, has rejected a contract extension to stay at the Nou Camp, and his agent is now looking for a new club for his client.
With so many world-class players at Barcelona, 5’9″ tall Nolito is convinced his future lies away from the Spanish club, and the 24-year-old would love to join a Premier League club in England.
It appears that QPR manager Neil Warnock is interested, and the London club are now probably just one win away from capturing automatic promotion to the Premier League next season, after beating Barnsley 1-0 at Oakwell last night with an Adel Taarabt first-minute goal.
Newcastle United are said to be the other club interested in the Spanish winger/forward, and could be a bigger draw, and Nolito could also be acquired in a cut price deal.
Nolito has played well for Barcelona B this season with 12 goals in 29 appearances so far, and is said to be valued at around £2M.
He seems to be unsettled at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has let it be known the Spanish giants have tried to keep him:
“We have offered him a contract extension, but he didn’t accept it.” ‘We would love to keep him at the club, but he has turned us down.”
The player seems to have quality and started his career at Atlético Sanluqueño, a lower league club in Spain, before moving to Écija Balompié in 2006, and Barcelona two years later.
Since he doesn’t have a lot of experience he may be a risky deal for the Newcastle club, but a short two year deal could be worth it.
What do you think?