Both Southampton and Liverpool fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are optimistic about the new season, but both recognise that new players will need to come in before the end of the summer if they want to succeed this season. But according to reports, one long term target of both clubs will not be making his way to the Premier League this summer.
Cristian Tello has had a mixed career thus far, with the Barcelona man beginning his career in and amongst the Spanish side’s first team before spending the last two years away from the club. Our landlord famously suggested that he could be the next Messi…not sure he was right about that one.
Tello spent time on loan at Porto for the 2014/15 season, before joining Fiorentina in January 2016 on a deal that was expected to expire at the end of the season, with a return to Barcelona on the cards thereafter.
Rumours around the transfer tavern, stemming from reports in the press, suggested that both Southampton and Liverpool were chasing the Barcelona man after impressing on loan, with both side’s looking to bolster their attacking options.
However, that report has been quickly put to bed, with a deal now in place for Tello to return to Fiorentina for another season in Italy.
It now looks as though the Spaniards future could lie in Italy, with an initial loan move agreed between Fiorentina and Barca, the Italian side have an option to secure him permanently at the end of the season for around €8 million.
Tello will be one of a number of players to leave the Nou Camp this summer, following the likes of Dani Alves, Vermaelen, Song, Montoya, and several others.
What do you think Liverpool and Southampton fans? Have you missed out on a bargain here? Would you liked to have seen Tello in the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts on this potential transfer below!
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