Liverpool want Barcelona striker

Liverpool are among the clubs interested in 20 year-old Barcelona striker Cristian Tello.

The Catalan native was on the score sheet this week as Barca battered Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in their Champions League Last 16 tie. Tello, who can play as a striker or on either wing, is under contract at Barca until 2013 and his agent has not been shy about publicly declaring that the Under 23 international has been courted by several clubs around Europe.

Liverpool along with Malaga and Valencia in Spain and Benfica in Portugal have all been linked with a move.

Agent Jose Maria Orobitg said: “Many Europeans are interested in the player but now we are in negotiations with the club.”
It remains to be seen how much of the interest is real or just convenient for the agent to mention during the new contract negotiations.

Liverpool sources have confirmed however that the club “would be interested” in signing the young talent who is on the fringes of the Spanish Euro 2012 squad.


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