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Barcelona on alert as Celta Vigo president expects Nolito exit this summer

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino has conceded the club are resigned to losing star man Nolito this summer.

Nolito, who is currently away with Spain at Euro 2016, is a wanted man after scoring 12 goals in 29 La Liga games to help Celta finish sixth and secure qualification for next season's Europa League.

Mourino has previously claimed Nolito, who was on Barcelona's radar in January, will remain at Celta for the forseeable future.

However, Mourino now believes the 29-year-old, who has an €18m release clause in his contract, will likely depart ahead of the 2016/17 season.

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“I think that Nolito will leave Celta this year,” Mourino told Reporte Jalisco.

“There are no numbers, no negotiations. He has a buyout clause of €18m. Who pays it, can sign him.

“Nolito is playing so good and is a player who we have had a lot of advantages from. He was in a second line and we knew how to recover him. 

“If anybody pays us the €18m we will lose an important player, but we will have money that we have never had before to boost the squad for next season.”