Where will Nolito go?

By on June 23, 2016

Celta Vigo winger Nolito earned a spot in Spain’s twenty-three man squad for Euro 2016 after an impressive 2015/2016 campaign in La Liga, in which helped his side to a historic sixth place finish. The twenty-nine-year-old impressed Spain’s head coach Vicente Del Bosque enough to earn a starting place in all three Group D matches and will likely retain his position against Italy in the last-16 on Monday afternoon.

Nolito’s recent display have made him a target for multiple Premier League clubs this summer, as well as La Liga champions Barcelona. Although Barca were previously leading the race for Nolito’s signature according to numerous reports, Manchester City are now expected to swoop in for the winger, as incoming manager Pep Guardiola is a reported fan of Nolito from their time together at the Nou Camp.

Spain’s clash with Italy, a repeat of the Euro 2012 final that Spain won 4-0, will be followed by England’s meeting with Iceland – a population of over 53 million against just 330,000 (about the size of Leicester!). The English national team will go into meltdown if they lose to Iceland and then presumably freeze over for Roy Hodgson’s future.

Nolito’s value has only increased since the beginning of the Euros and if City snap him up for his release clause of £13.8 million they might consider it something of a steal. He would be their second recruit of the summer after midfielder Ilkay Gundogan joined for £20 million from Borussia Dortmund earlier in the summer.

So to celebrate the Celta attacker scoring the second goal in Spain’s 3-0 second group stage win over Turkey, Richard Lewis has created a parody song called ‘Nolitio’, using the lyrics of Meghan Trainor’s ‘No’ for inspiration:

Verse 3 to 7 of song adapted from ‘No’ into ‘Nolito’:

My name is “Nolito”
My team is Celta Vigo
My number is 22
Celta you need to let me go
Vigo you need to let me go
Need to let me go
“Nah” to the “Ah” to the “Nolito”, “Nolito”, “Nolito”

First you gonna play
Iniesta is running the game,
I’m believing every word
Call me Barcelona,
So original,
Telling me I’m not like other goals

I was in my zone
Before Spain came along,
Now I’m thinking maybe Nolito should go
Blah, blah, blah,
I be like “Nah” to the “Ah” to the “Nolito”, “Nolito”, “Nolito”

All my clubs, listen up
If that Barca ain’t giving up
Pick your owners’ dips and swing your money chips
Guardiola, all you gotta say is…

My name is “Nolito”
My team is Celta Vigo
My number is 22
Celta need to let me go
Vigo need to let me go
Need to let me go
“Nah” to the “Ah” to the “Nolito”, “Nolito”, “Nolito”

By Richard Lewis feat. Meghan Trainor.

Celta Vigo would want their star man to Stay, but much like Britain’s shock vote to leave the EU, it’s unlikely that they would be able to say ‘No’ to an offer from Barcelona or Manchester City at market value.

He is not the only Spain attacker on the move this summer, with striker Alvaro Morata, who has three goals in the Euros so far, being re-signed by Real Madrid from Juventus for £23 million. However, he might have more moving ahead of him in the summer as Real reportedly plan to sell the 23-year-old on to the highest bidder, with Premier League club Chelsea a potential admirer at £40 million. Fellow London side Arsenal are also seemingly interested, having missed out on England man Jamie Vardy, who recently signed a new contract with Leicester. Tottenham have just signed tough tackling Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton for £11 million and their qualification for Champions League games at Wembley in 2016/17 might also open up a door to bring in Morata to form a strike partnership with Harry Kane.

Photo credit: Roi González Villa [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

About Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis can relate almost anything to football and quite often does! You may have seen Richard's previous ideas and work in the BBC Match of the Day Magazine, from 2011 to present. He is a Manchester United and England fan, but has gone to see Leyton Orient play with his O's season ticket in the 2013/14 campaign. Aside from football, Richard has written articles on Doctor Who and studies English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Aspiring sports journalist.