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Manchester City forward Nolito set to complete £7.9m move to Sevilla

Nolito set to complete £7.9m move to Sevilla
By Eurosport

16/07/2017 at 11:24Updated 16/07/2017 at 11:32

Sevilla have posted a picture on Twitter of Nolito arriving in Spain ahead of his transfer to the Liga club from Manchester City.

The Spain international Nolito has returned to his home country to complete a medical after Sevilla announced they had reached an agreement with City to sign the 30-year-old forward for around £7.9m. He will sign a three-year-old contract.

Sevilla, who finished fourth place in La Liga last season, have intensified their pursuit of Nolito after selling influential forward Vitolo to Atletico Madrid for 36 million euros (£31.5m) last week.

The expected sale of Nolito is a substantial financial loss for City, who signed him from Celta Vigo last summer for £13.8m.

Nolito's move to Sevilla will see him reunited with Eduardo Berizzo, his former coach at Celta who oversaw his two best campaigns between 2014 and 2016, leading to his first call-up for Spain in 2014.

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The forward got off to a strong start at City, scoring twice in his second league appearance, a 4-1 win at Stoke City. However, he went on to make only nine league starts in total and none of those were in 2017.

The Spaniard did not hide his desire to leave City when speaking to reporters in May.

"I'm crazy to return to Spain, I'd like to leave Manchester City whether it's on loan or permanently, whichever way possible," he said.

"Up until December I was playing and was happy, but after those four months I've hardly played. It's been a year to forget, an experience that hasn't turned out as I'd planned, but hopefully this summer we'll find a solution."