Nolito Completes Transfer from Manchester City to Sevilla on 3-Year Contract

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 15, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Nolito of Manchester City in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
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Sevilla have reportedly agreed to a roughly €9 million deal to bring Manchester City forward Nolito back to La Liga only a year after he joined the Premier League club. 

Rik Sharma of Catalan newspaper Sport reported the move is likely to be completed this weekend. The player is scheduled to take a major step in completing his City exit on Sunday:

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Sevilla have reached an agreement to sign Nolito from Manchester City—he’ll have his medical on Sunday https://t.co/rb4w9H6LJ3

Nolito went to the Etihad Stadium from Celta Vigo just last summer. He now moves back to Spain's top flight after having made just nine Premier League starts under manager Pep Guardiola.

Football writer Shane Burns critiqued the Spaniard's low contribution at City, referring to the would-be successive red cards he would have picked up for head-butting two players in two Premier League matches:

According to Sharma, Sevilla initially intended to loan Nolito away, but president Pepe Castro opted to keep him after Vitolo completed his move to Atletico Madrid.

One might have thought the former Barcelona B star would be able to maintain his stellar La Liga form under old Blaugrana mentor Guardiola, but his transition to English football was underwhelming to say the least.

But after scoring 39 goals and recording 23 assists in 103 appearances for Celta, per Transfermarkt, he now joins another familiar face, Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo, who was his manager for two years at Balaidos.

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Nolito was a force to be reckoned with during his three seasons with Celta, having never failed to score fewer than 12 goals per term. However, it's unclear how prominent a figure he'll be at Sevilla.


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