Jul 16, 2017
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Manchester City round-up: Nolito poised for La Liga return; Monaco defender on the brink; right-back linked

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Out-of-favour Manchester City forward Nolito is set to return to Spain over the next few days, with BBC Sport reporting that the 30-year-old is set to have a medical at Sevilla.

After signing from Celta Vigo for £13.8 million last summer, the Spain international has gradually dropped further down the pecking order at the Etihad behind the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

Despite scoring three times in his first six appearances in a City shirt at the beginning of the season, new manager Pep Guardiola gradually decreased his game time – resulting in Nolito seeking an exit.

With Nolito on the verge of securing a transfer away from the Etihad the Sunday Express reports that Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy is just days away from being announced as a new City man.

It is understood that Guardiola is now prepared to part with £50 million to meet the French side’s valuation, making Mendy the second defensive addition in a week after the arrival of Kyle Walker.

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The 22-year-old was left out of Monaco’s pre-season squad that was released last week, hinting at an imminent departure from the Ligue One side, and it seems a matter of time before a deal is done.

Meanwhile, the Times have claimed that Manchester City have sensationally joined Chelsea in a race for Real Madrid right-back Danilo – despite signing Walker from Tottenham on Friday night.

After letting Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas and Bacary Sagna leave this summer Guardiola has made recruiting defenders his priority, and the Brazilian has had a £21.9 million valuation put on him by Madrid.

The 26-year-old made 17 La Liga appearances last season for Los Blancos – along with three Champions League matches – but it is believed Danilo is seeking more regular football next season.

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