Liverpool face losing Tello battle

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Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello won't be making a summer move to Liverpool, according to Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.

In a recent Q&A session, the Spaniard was asked to shed any light on speculation linking the 20-year-old forward with a potential move to Anfield.

Tello is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of next season, and has been targeted by several clubs, including Valencia, Malaga and Benfica in La Liga.

However, the Spanish youth international is also being lined up by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish for a move to Merseyside at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

"I have followed Tello closely and there are many clubs interested in him," confirmed Balague.

Pep Guardiola has reassured the player that he has a bright future with Barcelona, and handed Tello his first-team debut earlier this year.

But, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, the youngster is growing increasingly frustrated, and so could push for a move away in June.

Balague thinks that a transfer remains unlikely, but revealed that talks with the players agent have been scheduled.

"Barcelona have set up talks with his agent to discuss a new deal so it is very unlikely that he will go anywhere."

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