Bundesliga outfit seen loan move for Barcelona starlet.
Bundesliga side Schalke could beat Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello, as they look to bring the Spaniard in on loan next season, according to Inside Futbol.
The 21-year-old is highly rated at the Nou Camp, but has not managed to establish himself as a regular starter due to immense competition for places at the club. This has seen him emerge as a target for Premier League side Liverpool as he is keen to get more first-team football.
Liverpool are on the lookout for strikers this summer as they face the very real prospect of Luis Suarez leaving the club for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, and Tello could be available for as little as £8million due to a clause in his contract.
However, Barca will be keen not to lose him, and will look to negotiate a loan move with Schalke to give him the first-team action he desires before returning to the Catalan giants next year.
Schalke have already taken Ibrahim Afellay on loan from Barcelona, and they will look to make that particular move permanent this summer after an impressive campaign in Germany from the Dutchman.