Arsenal linked with young Barcelona B left-back

Date published: Thursday 12th November 2015 11:52

Arsenal are reported to be interested in Barcelona B captain Alex Grimaldo – but Celta Vigo forward Nolito could return to the Nou Camp.

Grimaldo is currently plying his trade in the third tier of Spanish football following Barca B’s relegation from the Segunda División, but the 20-year-old is keen for a first-team opportunity.

His preference would be to earn a promotion to Luis Enrique’s squad, according to the Daily Mirror, but Arsenal are said to be ‘keeping tabs’ on his situation, while former Barca boss Pep Guardiola is apparently interested in signing the left-back, who is out of contract in the summer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez says Nolito, linked with Arsenal, is a “real possibility” for the club in January.

“It’s possible that we’ll make some signings in the winter, Fernandez told RAC1.

“We’re working on it and I speak with Luis Enrique every day. Nolito is a real possibility. We know what the situation of the player is, but there are many other possibilities.

“I won’t say anything about Nolito as a player, other than he’s a good player, in a great run of form and in the [Spanish] national team, which is always an important thing.”

Nolito played for Luis Enrique for Barcelona B and then at Celta Vigo for a season before he took over at the Nou Camp.

The 29-year-old has hinted he would love to be reunited with his former boss, telling Sportium: “Luis Enrique taught me a great deal during the four years I was there. The good and the bad sides of football.

“He was always upfront with me, he is one of my sporting fathers.

“He made me realise in Barca B that I could earn my living in this profession. He insisted I lose weight and take care of myself. His advice was very important to advance in my career,’ added.

On reports linking him with a return to Barcelona, Nolito said: “I am relaxed, I have my feet on the ground.

“I try to stay out of it and disconnect from all the news about my future.

“Whatever happens, happens. You can never say ‘I will not drink that water’, but right now I am very happy in Vigo and Celta must be respected.”

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