Barcelona star Sergio Busquets has welcomed the reports linking Nolito with a return to the Camp Nou during the current transfer window. The Spanish international midfielder believes that the Celta Vigo forward, who has also being linked with Arsenal, would fit perfectly in Luis Enrique's ranks as he already knows the tiki-taka philosophy due to his previous spell in the Catalan second team.
The Barcelona boss confirmed that he was likely to bolster his attacking line during the current transfer window with a back-up for the starting trio formed by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Nolito has been identified as his main candidate alongside Villarreal's Denis Suarez after both had played in Barcelona's second team, with Nolito also having a major role during Enrique's tenure at Celta.
Mundo Deportivo reported that the club were on the verge to close the deal with Celta, agreeing to get his services on loan until the end of the season with a mandatory option to secure his services on permanent basis in the summer for around €20m (£15.2m, $21.8m).
Nolito's release clause at Vigo is €18m (£13m) but with Barcelona unable to afford the deal during this period they looked ready to pay more to get his services. The speculation increased during the weekend when the La Liga club announced the signing of Claudio Beauvue from Lyon.
Celta manager Berizzo, however, claimed that the former Lyon forward has not joined the club to replace Nolito, as he still expects the Spanish international to remain at the club until the end of the season.
"Beauvue has arrived because we need him. His signing is not linked to Nolito's departure," the manager said as quoted by Marca. "He hasn't joined to replace anyone."
But Busquets has now added fuel to the saga after hailing his potential arrival. "Nolito would bring us a threat in the flank as he is doing at Celta, and also he is a player who already knows the house (Barcelona philosophy) and the system," he said to Mundo Deportivo. "He is very good player."