Cristian Tello completes Porto switch

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Barcelona have confirmed that Spanish starlet Cristian Tello has completed a two-year loan move to Portuguese giants Porto.

The Spanish club announced the deal on their official website, stating: "FC Barcelona and Porto FC have reached an agreement for the loan of striker Cristian Tello for the next two seasons, with the latter having an option to buy.

Loan arrangements

Under the terms of the deal Porto will have to pay a loan fee for Tello, reported by talkSPORT to be around £1.6million and will have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the first season, with talkSPORT claiming the fee would be £6.5million.

However, in an interesting twist to the deal Barcelona can change the agreement after the first season.

Should Tello impress in Portugal the Catalan club are not only able to cancel the option to buy the Spanish star, they also have the right to cancel the loan agreement altogether and bring him back to the Nou Camp.

The move will no doubt disappoint several English clubs, with The Mirror claiming both Everton and Liverpool were keen to arrange a deal.

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Back on track

Having moved to Estadio do Dragao, Tello will link up with his former Spanish Under 21 coach Julen Lopetegui in the hope he can get his career back on track.

The 22-year-old, who can operate as a winger or as a striker, made his Barcelona debut in 2011, Tello scored 15 goals in 56 appearances during his first two seasons in the the first team.

However, last season he was used largely as an impact substitute by manager Gerardo Martino and was restricted to just five starts throughout the campaign.

Despite a lack of starts, Tello still managed to find the net on five occasions, including a hat-trick against Levante - his first as a professional.

To add to the frustration, Tello had made his debut for the Spanish national side at the start of the season, but his failure to force his way into Martino's starting eleven means he's yet to add to his solitary cap.

Transfer activity

Tello becomes the second Spanish striker to make the move to northern Portugal, joining fellow international Adrian Lopez at Porto.

Adrian completed a permanent switch from Atletico Madrid last week and the duo could spearhead Porto's efforts to regain the Primeira Liga title should Jackson Martinez leave this summer.

Despite being crowned Portuguese champions seven times in the last eight years, Porto could only manage to finish third last season and Lopetegui will be expected to return the club to the top of the table in his first season in charge.

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