- May 9, 2013
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Free agent. Would be great cover for up front :coffee1:
BARCELONA DRAW UP SHORTLIST FOR NOLITO ALTERNATIVES
By Tyron McGee 23 hours ago Read time: 2 mins 613 reads
Barcelona have been unable to register new signings throughout the entirety of 2015, but with the embargo finally coming to an end, the club are putting together a shortlist of players to sign in January.
Nolito and Philippe Coutinho are two players who have been linked heavily over the last week, though the latter is likely to be a summer acquisition should they decide to pursue a move for the player.
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The former, an ex-Barcelona B player, has spoken of his admiration for current first-team manager Luis Enrique, who he worked with at both Barcelona B and Celta. He further added to the speculation by saying Barcelona are ‘the only club‘ that he’d leave Celta for.
As a safety net, Barcelona have a three-man shortlist of players they will actively try to sign should they fail with a move for Nolito in January.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are looking for a player that wouldn’t cost them more than €10million, and can play in an attacking position on the left flank.
Some of the potential players touted for a move were Jonathan Soriano, David Villa and Sergio Garcia, but two made moves elsewhere in the summer while Soriano’s switch to Bayer Leverkusen fell through.
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The three names on the list for Barcelona are Ezequiel Lavezzi, Giovinco and Georgias Samaras. Lavezzi is the priority, and with a lack of game time at PSG, a move could be more likely at a cheaper price. The Argentine is also out of contract with PSG next summer.
Giovinco only joined MLS side Toronto in January, and has been a fantastic addition to the Canadian side, scoring 21 goals in his 30 games so far.
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The last is Georgios Samaras. The Greek winger was last playing for Premier League club West Brom, but cancelled his contract in the summer and has been a free agent since.