Everton unlikely to lure hugely talented Spanish star to Goodison Park

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Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has been linked with interest in Celta Vigo forward Nolito.

The excellent form and performances of Spanish forward, Nolito, a hugely popular figure at Celta Vigo, have inevitably lead to recent speculation as to whether he'll remain at Balaidos for much longer.

In the peak of his professional career and having made his Spain debut, towards the back end of 2014, his lightning pace, intelligent play and consistency, plus an enviable record of 12 goals and 12 assists this season, make Nolito a highly valuable commodity.

TalkSport recently linked Everton as a club willing to bid the €18 million release clause valuation, although in reality, a move to Goodison Park seems unlikely, no matter how convincing fellow Spaniard Roberto Martinez might be, were any approach to be made.

Principally, Everton would have very strong opposition, if Nolito becomes available on the transfer market. Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui is also a keen admirer, with reports from Portugal claiming that FC Porto are lining up a summer bid.

Meanwhile, according to Mundo Deportivo, La Liga sides Valencia and Villarreal, are also both keeping a close eye on the situation of the 28-year-old. Whether they would match the clause valuation, however, remains to be seen.

Despite the strong interest, Nolito currently seems more than content to remain with the Galician club, where he has a contract until June 2019.

However, he won't rule out the possibility of a future move, admitting recently that a move to the Mestalla would perhaps be the most tempting option.

In his typically enthusiastic and amusing way of responding to such speculation, he suggested: "Valencia have always been a great club in Spain and I can never say: that's a glass of water I wouldn't take a sip from."

Should formal approaches be made this summer, whilst Celta clearly hold the cards with their valuation of Nolito, the player will undoubtedly be lured by the opportunity of playing European football next season.

Everton won't be able to offer that, which would arguably rule them out of the running. Though FC Porto could offer the chance to compete in the Champions League, far from happy past experiences in Portugal (with Benfica), would suggest Nolito wouldn't want to return there.

As such, the most realistic possibility of Nolito leaving Balaidos, will come if he's offered opportunities on the European stage, with other clubs in La Liga.

Villarreal appear keen, primarily because Denis Cheryshev will be returning to Real Madrid at the end of his current loan deal. One of the few La Liga clubs with a completely clean bill of financial health, they would have no difficulty bidding. Nolito's pace and precision, would be an ideal addition to their style of play.

Right now though, given the wealth of Peter Lim behind Valencia, plus the very real possibility of competing in the Champions League next season, they would seem the most likely destination. Especially given the hints Nolito himself has given, towards favouring such a move.

With great technical ability, an unquestionable enthusiasm for the game and his bubbly personality, which endears him to fans throughout Spain, wherever he chooses to go - if he opts to leave Celta Vigo - Nolito would be welcomed anywhere with arms wide open.

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