Liverpool may have a chance to poach starlet Cristian Tello from under the noses of Barcelona in January, as talks over a new deal at Camp Nou continue to stall.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was reported to be confident of signing the 21-year-old winger before the transfer window closed at the end of August, but the deal did not materialise.
Now a report from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims differences in the negotiations over the renewal of his current contract are in danger of giving the Anfield club a chance to pounce.
It claims both Tello and Barcelona are keen for him to stay in Catalonia, but the issue of a buyout clause has become almost irreconcilable.
Barcelona want the current clause to increase from €10million to something far greater, while the Spain Under-21 international is reluctant to have such a prohibitive factor in place should he feel he needs to leave at some point in the future.
Liverpool could gain from this as Tello will be free to agree pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs come January due to his current contract expiring in the summer.
Rodgers is desperate for greater attacking prowess at Anfield, as his side have continually struggled to score regularly and Tello had shown signs of vast improvement this season.
He has started five games in La Liga and scored two goals, while also scoring in his only Champions League start.