Celta Vigo close to Sevilla forward Nolito

Celta Vigo are hopeful of concluding a deal to sign out-of-favour Sevilla forward Nolito this summer, according to Marca.

The 32-year-old has one year left on his contract at the Andalusian club but is likely to request that he be allowed to leave for a minimal fee.

The only hold up in the deal is Sevilla sanctioning the move, with the forward keen to return to Celta – even on a reduced wage – and there being no other obstacle.

The forward featured in just 74 minutes of La Liga action last year and despite featuring 13 times in cup competitions, desperately wants more first-team football.

Nolito played for Celta across three seasons between 2013 and 2016, netting 39 league goals in that timeframe and earning an €18m move to Manchester City.

However, he netted just six times in an ill-fated spell in England and lasted just one full season before returning to La Liga with Sevilla the following year in a €9m move.

Having began his professional career with Barcelona – for whom he made two substitute La Liga appearances in 2010/11 – Nolito had spells with Benfica and Granada before a move to Galicia.

Celta are hopeful of adding to their strikeforce this summer with the expected departure of Maxi Gomez.

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