Tello agents cools Liverpool & Arsenal transfer talk

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Liverpool and Arsenal both look set to miss out on Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello, after his agent played down reports linking the player with a move away from the club.

The 20-year-old forward is out of contract in Catalonia at the end of the season, despite breaking into the first team under Pep Guardiola this season. Tello has made five appearances in La Liga, scoring twice for the club.

Without pen on paper for a new deal, clubs have begun circling around the highly-rated Spanish U23 international, but Jose Maria Orobitg insists negotiations are well underway between the two parties.

"Many European clubs are interested in the boy, but we are now in negotiations with Barca,” he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

"There have been calls from England, Portugal, from everywhere, but still nothing is clear."

Reports in Spain claim the Premier League interest has come from two clubs in particular, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said to be one of those interested.

The Frenchman has a track record of taking young players from Barca and developing their career in north London, with Cesc Fabregas the highest profile. He went on to become captain at the Emirates Stadium, before Arsenal sold the player back for a healthy profit this summer.

Youngsters Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral also joined the Gunners last year in a controversial switch, suggesting there is some history between the two clubs if Arsenal looked to move for Tello.

The other club linked is Liverpool, suggesting manager Kenny Dalglish is looking to strengthen his Reds squad further in the summer.

Under Dalglish, the Anfield outfit have spent over £100 million in transfer fees since his appointment in January 2011, when the club legend took over from former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

The Merseysiders wouldn’t have to part with cash to bring Tello to the club, but will be well aware that the lure of the European champions may be too strong if Liverpool fail to reach the Champions League this season.

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