Tello to stay with Catalans.
Liverpool target Cristian Tello is set to earn a new deal at Barcelona.
Brendan Rodgers tried to land Tello this summer but in a frustrating transfer window for the Liverpool manager, he failed to do so.
Rodgers was expected to go back in for Tello, 21, in the January window but he is expected to be disappointed again.
According to sources in Spain, the forward is set to sign an extension to his contract shortly, which takes him through to 2015.
The news that winger Cristiano Tello is set to sign a new contract at Barcelona means more frustration for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
The northern Irish tactician has been chasing the speedy 21-year-old every since he landed the top job at Anfield and was hopeful of concluding a loan deal this summer.
Tello broke into the Barcelona first team last season and impressed with a number of dazzling performances. But the return to fitness of David Villa and return to form of Pedro and Alexis Sanchez looked certain to limit his chances for the Catalans and the youngster was thought to be open to a temporary move to Merseyside.
But the deal never materialsed and Tello has surprisingly been a regular under new boss Tito Vilanova at the start of the new campaign.
It’s common knowledge that Rodgers is strapped for cash and he’ll be hard pushed to find another wide-man of Tello’s quality available on loan. Liverpool did make a cheeky bid for Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea but the Blues need the 22-year-old as back-up for Fernando Torres and rejected the Afield club’s approach.
Where Rodgers turns next in his quest for midfield pace and creativity remains to be seen.
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