Cristian Tello is a name that has been linked with Liverpool for many years.
The Barcelona forward was on the verge of signing for the Reds in 2014 before opting to join Porto on a long-term loan spell.
He spent the 2014/15 campaign, and the first half of last season, in Portugal before joining Fiorentina on a five-month loan in January.
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But now that he’s returned to the Camp Nou, Tello is up for grabs.
Of course, the 24-year-old will find it nigh on impossible to play regular first-team football at the Catalan club next season. With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in his way, Tello is well aware that he will find it incredibly difficult to start many matches at the Spanish champions.
Tello hasn’t turned out for Barcelona since 2014 but that doesn’t look likely to change next season.
And, according to Marca, Liverpool have identified that Tello could well be available this summer with the report claiming that Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the player.
However, Klopp and Liverpool face competition to secure his services with Fiorentina, who he played four times for at the end of the season, are also interested.
It’s no surprise to see the German boss keen on signing Tello - a player who would fit perfectly into his philosophy. He can operate as a striker but is just as adequate as a winger. His pace and work-rate are attributes that Klopp looks for in an attacking player and Tello certainly ticks all the right boxes.
Earlier this season, Tello’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, insisted that his client’s future doesn’t belong in Barcelona.
"Tello and I have already told Barcelona that he does not want to return to Camp Nou," Orobitg said.
"And Barcelona do not want to have any players who would rather be elsewhere. His future is not at Barcelona.”
So, it looks as though Tello’s Barcelona career is almost certainly over. However, it’s easy to forget that he was an important member of their first-team for three campaigns during the 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
During that time, Tello played 86 matches in all competitions for the Catalan club, scoring 20 goals and helping his side to win the Copa del Rey in 2012 and La Liga in 2013.
But after Neymar’s arrival in the summer of 2013, Tello understandably found minutes limited and was forced out on-loan.
Klopp may be interested but it remains to be seen if he’s willing to part with €7 million that is needed to secure his services.
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