Barcelona have dismissed claims that starlet Cristian Tello will join Manchester City, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims that the La Liga giants have ‘slammed’ speculation the 21-year-old could swap the Nou Camp for the Etihad Stadium, despite the arrivals of ex-Barca staff Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begirstain as chief executive and sporting director respectively.
The six-cap Spanish U23 international was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, according to the report, before Brendan Rodgers turned his sights to Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.
Despite landing the Turkish international on loan, the Anfield chief continues to be linked with a move for Tello, with The Daily Star citing Spanish reports earlier this month when claiming that Liverpool were ready to ‘scramble’ for the player’s signature.
The same report claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was also interested in the Spaniard, having lured players to north London from the Blaugrana in the past.
Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral all joined the Gunners from Barca, but Tello no longer looks like he’ll follow in the footsteps to the Emirates Stadium as Tito Vilanova looks to keep the winger in Catalonia.
The report in The Daily Express also claims that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was keen on other players at Barcelona, but does not speculate over specific names apart from Tello.