Anfield side linked with move for Nou Camp youngster.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is trying to push through the Reds’ long-standing interest in Barcelona prospect Cristian Tello.
Tello could be surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp and fears he does not fit into new boss Tito Vilanova’s first-team plans.
Barcelona may be willing to loan out the 20-year-old with an option for a permanent deal which could suit Liverpool, who have been tracking Tello since Rodgers’ predecessor Kenny Dalglish was manager.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova surprisingly opted to not offer Cristian Tello a squad number even though the youngster put in mature and effective displays last term. The 20 year old did not look out of place when called upon in both La Liga and Champions League action and if indeed the lack of a place in the Nou Camp 25 man squad is a sign of the Catalan club’s lack of interest in the Spanish Under 21 international then Liverpool would do well to register their interest.
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool’s American owners are both looking to plan for the long term and moves for youthful additions are the order of the day and in that case a move for the adaptable attacker would be a very wise one indeed.
Last term Tello netted seven goals in 22 appearances, of which only five were starts, and he has certainly shown that there is potential to grow.
Rodgers will be looking to boost his sides creativity having seen that Liverpool only managed 47 goals in Premier League action last term. In Pre-season things haven’t looked all that more promising in that area, with the Merseyside club managing just two goals in three matches and just the one goal against inferior opposition in their Europa League opener with Belarus side FC Gomel.
Fabio Borini was brought in from Roma and Brendan Rodgers doesn’t appear to see Andy Carroll as part of his first team plans so an already threadbare attack is likely to be even lighter by the start of the new season, therefore a move to bring in further support in the final third is crucial. A move for Tello, perhaps a loan one from the outset, would help strengthen the Anfield squad.
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