Everton have reportedly established themselves ahead of Liverpool in pursuit of Cristian Tello because Barcelona are more likely to sanction a loan deal for the young winger than a permanent transfer.
Tello has been linked with Liverpool for some time as Brendan Rodgers considers a number of different potential forward recruits, while Tottenham, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have all been credited with interest in the player.
However, according to The Mirror, Everton have emerged as the frontrunners now Barcelona have decided that Tello will only leave for a season, this being because of the excellent relations Roberto Martinez enjoys with key members of the Camp Nou hierarchy.
Roberto Martinez relations key to deal
Everton, of course, were able to recruit Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona last summer, and the 20-year-old flourished during his time spent under the tutelage of Martinez at Goodison Park. So much so, in fact, that Deulofeu was able to earn himself a place in the Spain squad for the pre-World Cup friendlies.
Barcelona have taken note, and Martinez could now recruit himself a promising Barcelona forward for the second season in succession. Everton would not have been able to compete with Liverpool and others had a bidding war commenced, but Martinez’s powers persuasion of supposedly make a Toffees loan move the most likely outcome.
It would be a coup indeed if Everton are able to capture Tello, and the club would appear to be in an stronger recruiting position this summer following a season under Martinez in which his team was widely praised for its performances.
Brendan Rodgers could get the best out of Tello
Liverpool, meanwhile, may well focus their attention elsewhere, even if signing Tello for nothing, albeit for a year only, would represent an attractive piece of business. Tello is certainly a player who would fit into the Rodgers style of play at Anfield, although the 22-year-old’s defensive contribution needs to be worked on.
Rodgers, though, has shown he is able to transform a raw young winger into an all round performer, with Raheem Sterling now noted for his contributions at both ends of the field for Liverpool. But, when it comes to Tello, would Rodgers really be prepared to put significant effort into a developing a player who would only be his for a year?