Newcastle Tracking Barcelona Winger

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?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1


  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2


  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Any reason why not Roshan?

  • Toon_Ksk

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Will be really pleased if Pardew goes for David Hoillet instead.

  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    for 2 million? why not. we’ll probably be shipping routledge out for a similar amount. will help keep the other lads honest.

  • toonarmy1986

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    When QPR are been linked with him as well doesn’t suggest he is any better than what we have.

  • Davies

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Has anyone seen this lad play?
    Is he any good?
    12 goals in 29 appearances is alright if he’s playing up front, but if he’s been playing on the wing then 12 goals is an excellent return.

    More info from anyone that knows about this player please!!!

    As Hawaiian said, we’ll probably get similar money for Routledge anyway. If he looks good, we might as well have a pop.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    doesn’t seem to be as good as Ranger, Airey or Donaldson

  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    or you could look at it like this toonarmy,

    QPR are about to be promoted to the prem and they’re one of the richest clubs in the world. Once they’re in the prem their money will be a massive draw for them. So maybe they’re scouting some quality players.

    Maybe he is a class player. I couldnt say for sure as I’ve never seen him play.

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Qpr are one of the most richest clubs they will buy good players and stay in the prem next year nolitos record is good and I would love him in toon

  • DarloGeordie

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Has he actually said he wants to move to the premiership or is that just newspaper spin?

    He is better than what we have here at the club at the minute, might be a risk though…

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Im bored. Here’s my wishful line up for 2011/2012 season


    Saylor Papadopolous Colo Coentrao

    Krancjar Barton Tiote Nolan Ben Arfa


    SUB: Krul, Willo, Ireland, Ameobi, Jonas, Gervinho, Larsson,

    Forster loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Ranger loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Ferguson loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Lua Lua loan out to a Championship team for exp
    Vukic loan out to a Championship team for exp
    Kadar loan out to a Championship team for exp

    Sol Campbell retain on a 1 year contract – helping out with rookie defenders , strikers & back room staff. Stephen Ireland retain on a season loan.

    L/WB – Fabio Coentrao – Benfica – 23 yrs old
    DC – Kyriakos Papadopolous – Shalke – 19 yrs old
    D/MRL – Seb Larsson – Birmingham – 26 yrs old
    AM – Niko Krancjar – Spurs – 27 yrs old
    AML/R/ST – Gervinho – Lille – 24 yrs old
    AML/R/ST – Max Gradel – Leeds – 24 yrs old
    ST – Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea – 22 yrs old

    ST – Andy Carroll
    LB – Jose Enrique
    DM – Alan Smith
    AMR – Wayne Routledge
    ST – Xisco

    A new owner & Jose Mourinho or Chris Houghton as manager

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Personally, i have no idea who this guy is. However, surely common sense clicks in when Barca (Probably the best club team in the world) have offered him a new contract and have said they want him to stay, provest he quality of the player…

    Ed when your talking about rejecting a new contract is his current contract up this year then because surely if thats the case we wouldnt have to pay a penny?

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Space Ghost, if you want Gervinho brought in, why on earth wouldnt you put him in the starting line up???!!!!

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Yea ,dnt want he, neva seen him play, bt u neva know might b a gem

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Yea ,dnt want him, neva seen him play, bt u neva know might b a gem

  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Very good point that dave_barron.

    If Barca want him to stay he’s obviously got some kind of quality about him.

    Sign him up.

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18


    With Krancjar on the bench, I thought he may have a deja vu moment 🙂

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19


    You must be bored! 😉

    If you’re going to dream though I would dream up something more inspiring than Sturridge up front on his own.

    Maybe him plus Gervinho, with Arfa sitting just behind them.

    Taiwo at left back and for me Forster a chance at being our No.1 next season-we might lose possibly the best goalkeeping prospect on the planet if we don’t give him a chance soon.

    6’7″ giant, young, athletic, Geordie goal keepers don’t exactly come along very often! (Mind you neither do 6’4″ prolific, young, battering-ram-esque Geordie Strikers either. Sell outs or otherwise) .

    We can’t let another one go!

  • wynsleap

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    At £2mill could be worth a punt.
    Can’t be a bad player if Barcelona signed him.
    Would be an interesting replacement for Best or Xisco.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont know why but when i watch this player he reminds me of Luis Saurez.

  • craig bell

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #22

    i wudnt mind signing him. I dont see why not for 2 mil because if barca are wanting tto sign him long term im guessing hes prity f*****g good 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Sign Him ASAP!!!!!! He has to be good as every Barcelona player is whether it’s the first team or the reserves. Barcelona have most of the best players of the whole of Spain as does Real Madrid. He has to be an incredible talent if the Barca President has come out and said he would love it if he stayed. Believe me he isn’t saying that to up his price as Barcelona don’t need the money they are filthy rich! This kid must be just as talented as Pedro is of Barcelona. He just wants to move to play regularly. I believe we have a great chance to capture this future star. He could come as good as Pedro, Iniesta and Xavi have for Barcelona. Barca just have too much talent and the kid can’t wait to play. If he is already valued at 2M by Barca then trust me when I say the kid is a star in the making!


    I live in Gibraltar (British Colony at the south tip of Spain) and there are many Barcelona fans over here. I will do my research on the kid and come back with some info from die hard Barca fans. These are the type of players we should be looking at.

    Watch This Space !!!!

    Howay The Lads!!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Check this out:

    He’s so similar to Pedro of Barcelona that it’s scary!!! Pedro only recently has burst into the Barcelona first team scene and now he plays regularly for them beside Messi and co.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    This kid should be our FIRST signing right now!!! PLEASE I REALLY HOPE WE GET THIS KID!!!!!!
    His value will go up 10 fold in a couple of years believe me!!!

  • tjshawsey

    Apr 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #26

    I would sign up this kid along with his team-mate Oriol Romeu. Romeu is a Defensive-midfielder and would be an excellent buy.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #27

    i have never heard this player (which show he is not good enough ) but i dont mind him for 2 million.

    love those “unknown” signings such as Tiote


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