Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in pursuit of Spanish starlet Cristian Tello.
TalkSPORT reports that Barcelona are set to offer the 21-year-old a new and improved contract at the Nou Camp, with an increased minimum fee release clause included in the deal.
Tello’s current deal has an £8.5million release fee, but that will rise to a massive £26million when pen is put to paper on the new offer.
The U21 international made 22 appearances for Tito Vilanova’s side last season, with four of those coming in the Champions League for the Blaugrana.
But, with David Villa leaving the Nou Camp this summer, his importance at Barcelona is set to rise further next season.
News of a new deal is sure to be a blow to interested Premier League parties, with Liverpool and Spurs both credited with an interest by the radio station.
The Reds have already been busy this summer, with manager Brendan Rodgers bringing Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas to Anfield from Spain.
A deal for Tello now looks unlikely however, and the Liverpool boss will have to look elsewhere for new players to bring to Merseyside.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have had less joy in the market thus far, missing out on a deal to bring Villa to White Hart Lane earlier in the week.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has added Paulinho however, and more additions are expected in north London – even if Tello isn’t one of them.
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