Sevilla and Manchester City have reached a total agreement for the transfer of winger Nolito, who will return to La Liga after an unhappy year in England.
Various news sources in Spain including Orgullodenervion and Marca report that a fee of €8million to €9million has been agreed between the two clubs and it will be a permanent deal. Sevilla had wanted Nolito on loan but in the end, the Andalusian club decided on a permanent deal, with Nolito set to pen a three-year deal.
At the moment, the clubs are finishing the necessary paperwork and everything indicates that an official announcement will follow soon, with the Spain international ready to reunite with his former Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Berizzo.
Nolito will replace Vitolo, who has signed for Atlético Madrid in a controversial deal that will see him play for Las Palmas on loan until the Madrid club can register players again.
Although the fee seems fairly modest, with City taking a significant hit on what they paid a year ago, with wages included over a three-year deal, Sevilla are investing around €20million in 30-year-old Nolito, quite an expense by their standards.
They hope to follow up on the signing of Nolito with former City forward Stevan Jovetić after he enjoyed a successful spell on loan at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán last season.
Nolito made 30 appearances in all competitions last season for Manchester City, scoring 6 goals. After a bright start to his stay in England, he suddenly fell out of favour with Pep Guardiola in the New Year, losing his place to Leroy Sané and rarely featuring in the second half of the season.