10 Jun 2016

Replace Coutinho? Klopp pushing to sign 'explosive' €25m Barca star who confirmed 'Liverpool'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 summer transfer window.

According to Thursday's edition of Spanish newspaper Marca:

"Cristian Tello is attracting interest from Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the Spaniard, and Liverpool have been keeping tabs on Tello's career in recent years".

Liverpool Transfer Timeline (Most recent links):

* Sep 2013: Tello confirmed: 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".

Nov 2015: Tello's agent told reporters: "Tello's future is not at Barca. He will move on, and there is plenty of interest".

* Jan 2016: The Telegraph claimed: "Liverpool will try and sign Cristian Tello in January".

Tello - who has a €25m buyout clause - wants to stay at Fiorentina, 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 Italy.

Jordon Ibe is LFC's only experienced first-team winger, so the Reds desperately need attacking players capable of providing genuine width. Tello is a decent option, but his stats at Fiorentina and Porto (his last two loan clubs) are not that impressive (12 goals/17 assists in 72 apps), and there are better options (i.e. Yarmolenko).

For a cut-price fee (£10m-£12m), Tello - a seemingly perennial transfer target for Liverpool - is arguably worth a bid, but €25m? Forget it. If Coutinho leaves this summer, is a player like Tello capable of filling the attacking void in the team?


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