Nolito is NOT coming to Barcelona. At least not right now.
According to a report from Diario Sport, Celta Vigo have rejected the last offer made by the Catalan giants for the signing of the 29-year-old forward. With only six days left in the January transfer window, Barça has officially given up and closed negotiations on the deal.
Always according to the report, the Blaugrana offered a paid loan, with an immediate fee to get the player for six months. After that, Barça would have an option to buy Nolito on a permanent basis in the next transfer window. Celta seemed to be on board with the idea at first, but ultimately backed away and refused to let the forward go unless the Catalans paid his release clause, of €18 million.
There is a chance the club goes after Nolito in July with more money to spend, but with the winger getting close his thirties, it would be a hefty investment on just a few years of true contributions. Which means the only option left is Denis Suárez, at Villarreal, who could be bought back for only €3 million thanks to a clause on the player's contract following his move to the Yellow Submarine.
Nolito was the final piece to form a stronger side for this season, at least in Luis Enrique's mind. He's not getting it.