Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli and Celta Vigo forward Nolito have ruled out a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window after being touted as possible candidates to fill the gap left by the summer departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea. The Champions League winners refused to sign a replacement for the Canary Island attacker in the summer because any signing would have been unable to feature for Luis Enrique's side until January 2016 due to their Fifa transfer ban – as is the case for both Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal.
New club sporting director Robert Fernandez, however, recently claimed that the Catalans may bolster the attack further when their transfer embargo expires on January as Enrique currently only has academy stars Sandro and Munir El Haddadi to back-up the attacking trio formed by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Reports in Spain have since claimed that Feghouli and Nolito are in a potential shopping list of targets that also includes former Arsenal starlet Carlo Vela, Ucranian international Andriy Yarmolenko and Leicester City sensation Riyad Mahrez.
But both Feghouli and Nolito have played down those rumours after claiming they are happy at Valencia and Celta respectively. "I cannot respond to a rumour or article in the press. If there had been contact, maybe I would react in a way, but now I am concentrating only on Valencia," Feghouli said as quoted by Sport, while adding that his agents are trying to renew his current deal with the La Liga side. "I leave these matters to my agents. I am only concentrating on performing on the pitch. My agents are working on that and I am hoping that both sides can reach an agreement."
Nolito, meanwhile, claimed during the summer that he will only leave Celta to return to Barcelona – having already played under Luis Enrique both in the Catalans' second team and in his current side. However, the Spaniard has now claimed that he is not thinking of moving to the Camp Nou anymore but rather to stay at Celta for the long term.
"I understand that you ask questions, but I am psychologically exhausted," he said. I am tired of this subject. Let's talk about Celta, about the team and about other things. It's always the same thing. Always the same... Where am I? In Barcelona or in Vigo? How many years left on my contract? Four. So it's that simple."