According to the latest transfer updates, FC Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello’s contract negotiations with the club have hit a roadblock due to the two parties' inability to agree upon a buyout clause for the youngster.
The news have led to a frenzy among the media vultures, with several stations reporting that Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan are all set to vie out for the signature of the 21-year-old.
Hence, IBTimes looks at the suitability of each possible transfer.
It’s no secret that Liverpool currently lack attacking impetus in the team. Baring Luis Suarez and youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso, who have put in phenomenal displays during their respective debut seasons, the likes of Fabio Borini, Steward Downing and Joe Cole have struggled to exert a similar impact at the Kop.
Tello could thus provide the Reds with the much-needed depth in the final third. His ability to get behind the defensive line, linkup with teammates and provide inch-perfect crosses will add massive stability to the team’s play and not to forget- Liverpool are currently trying to replicate Barcelona’s style of tactics and formations, meaning Tello will have little problem in adapting and gelling with his new club and colleagues.
Per Caught Offside:
“Arsenal have of course seen a number of their talents move to the Nou Camp, with Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song being the latest stars to make the move from North London to join the Catalan giants, so perhaps Arsene Wenger is looking to buck that trend and try to bring in youngster Cristian Tello.”
Although the likelihood of the above statement being true is remote as long as Theo Walcott is a Gunner, the Emirates is well another destination where Tello could flourish in the near future.
With a similar passing style as Barcelona, albeit with relatively less potential and success, Arsenal will duly suit Tello’s game-play. The youngster could become a menace on either side of the pitch, form a correlation with his wingmen and torment the Premier League’s usually vulnerable full-backs with his pace and dribbling finesse.
However, as aforementioned, this deal is only likely to incur if Walcott leaves Arsenal in the winter transfer window.
Another possible destination for Tello is Serie A ‘giants’ AC Milan. Having sold their two best players to big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, the Rossoneri are keen to revamp the squad with some fresh legs.
In all fairness, Tello could surely fit into the Milan team. The Italians currently lack the required mobility in front of the goal with El-Shaarawy the only reliable team performer.
Tello will inject the lacking pace in the squad, as well as reduce the goalscoring burden on El-Shaarawy’s broad shoulders, although it is heavily unlikely that the player would want to leave the best team in the world for a struggling Serie A side.