Anfield outfit interested in Nou Camp contract rebel.
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According to talkSPORT, Liverpool are set to revive their interest in Barcelona B forward Nolito.
Though the 24 year-old has been offered a new contract at Camp Nou, he has rejected the deal because of a lack of first team action.
“We have offered him a contract extension, but he didn’t accept it. We would love to keep him at the club, but he has turned us down,” said Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Nevertheless, he has been plundering goals for fun in the Segunda Division in Spain – the equivalent of the nPower Championship in England for Barcelona’s second team.
13 goals so far this season have impressed scouts around Europe, and as he would be more likely to achieve first team football from the bench on Merseyside, it is believed that he would be interested in the offer of an impact substitute role under Kenny Dalglish.
Manuel Agudo Durán, or Nolito as he is known, has spent the last three years trying to convince Pep Guardiola that is capable of making an impact at Barcelona but has nonetheless spent that time doing the business in the club’s B team and clearly at 24 years of age the striker is probably ready to leave the Catalan giants and try and make a name for himself elsewhere.
The speedy attacker finally got a taste of first team football when he made his senior debut aged 23 in October last year but doesn’t appear to be likely to become a regular in the squad and Liverpool would do well to jump in and pick up Nolito for nothing this summer.
Whilst Liverpool have of course snapped up Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in the January transfer window and they also have Dirk Kuyt as a useful back-up, beyond that there is not much in the way of effective attacking options. David N’Gog has looked average at best and Milan Jovanovic appears only to figure when played out wide.