15 Dec 2015

Anfield-bound? Liverpool pushing to sign 'explosive' €25m Barcelona attacker who confirmed LFC's 'interest' in 2013

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for on-loan Barcelona star Cristian Tello, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds are planning an official bid during the January transfer window.

According to The Telegraph:

"Liverpool will try and sign Barcelona winger Cristian Tello in January. Porto though have not confirmed if they want to sign the player, and Liverpool could nip in and complete a deal".

Liverpool Transfer Timeline (Most recent links):

* Sep 2013: Tello confirmed Liverpool's interest: Marca: "I knew of Liverpool's interest in me, but I never planned to leave".

* Jan 2013: Gazetta Dello Sport journalist Tancredi Palmeri claimed: "Liverpool getting Tello on loan is close: Just had a confirmation from internal source from Barcelona"

* Nov 2015: The Liverpool Echo claimed:"Liverpool are involved in a transfer tug of war for Cristian Tello".

24-year old Tello is definitely available, and the Spaniard's agent confirmed this last month:

"Tello's future is not at Barca. He will move on, and there is plenty of interest".

Tello - who has a €25m buyout clause in his contract - wants to stay at Porto, but the club has never spent more than €20m on a single player. As such, unless Barcelona drop their asking price, it's unlikely that 'explosive' Tello will remain in Portugal.

At Liverpool, Jordon Ibe is the only dedicated winger in the first-team squad, so the Reds desperately need attacking players capable of providing genuine width. Tello is a decent option, but his stats at Porto are not that impressive (10 goals/12 assists in 53 apps), and there are better options out there (i.e. Yarmolenko).

The other option is to give Lazar Markovic another chance next season. There's doesn't appear to be any chance of bringing the Serb back in January, but he'll return to Anfield next summer, and given his £20m transfer fee, it's probably prudent to see if Klopp can get anything out of him before the club cuts its losses.

There are academy players to consider, such as Sheyi Ojo, Ryan Kent, and Sergi Canos, all of whom are wide players. My personal preference: Ditch Markovic; sign Yarmolenko, and/or Mahrez; promote Ojo, Kent, and Canos.

Author: Jaimie K


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