Manchester City consider move for Barcelona starlet

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Manchester City are tracking Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello, according to reports in Spain.

El Mundo Deportivo reports that City are interested in bringing the Spanish youth team player to the Etihad Stadium, even after issuing a statement denying any interest in Barcelona's players.

Roberto Mancini's side dismissed rumours linking them with bids for Barcelona duo Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas, after the Premier League champions were reported to have enquired after the star pairing.

But Manchester City said there was no basis to these claims, and that the club "has neither made nor is it planning to make an offer for these players."

But Spanish reports today claim City are eyeing up a move for Tello. The 21-year-old winger came through the Barcelona academy, then joined Espanyol in 2008, before returning to Barcelona in 2010, and the Spain under-21 international has since made the set-up to first-team.

Under Pep Guardiola, Tello was emerging as a first-choice option from the bench, but since Guardiola's departure, the Spaniard has found first-team opportunities limited.

And Manchester City are reportedly prepared to capitalise by enquiring after Tello, with a view to bringing him into Roberto Mancini's side as an extra attacking option.

El Mundo Deportivo also notes City's attempt to copy Barcelona's famed training academy. The Premier League champions recently announced plans for an "Etihad Campus" training facility, after studying the world's best training complexes, including Barcelona's La Masia.

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