In a move that could work to benefit all parties concerned, Liverpool are reportedly lining up a loan deal for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello this January.
According a to a recent article in Spanish daily newspaper Marca (h/t 101GreatGoals), the Reds are once again in the running to sign the 22-year-old, long tipped as one of La Masia's brighter graduates of recent years.
The report states:
Cristian Tello is very close to leaving [Barcelona] in the January transfer window. And, according to Radio Marca, the Barca player is just one step away from leaving to join Liverpool on loan.
A few months ago Tello revealed his displeasure at the limited game time he was getting under [Tata] Martino. ”If you can not play at the club I may leave,” he said barely a month ago.
Despite his billing as an emerging star, Tello has found it difficult to break down the barriers of Barca's first team in recent seasons, something which has only been made less likely thanks to the summer arrival of Neymar.
CNN's Tancredi Palmeri confirmed that Mundo Deportivo had also reported the link:
Liverpool can get on loan from Barcelona wonder boy Tello, according to Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 30, 2013
Last week, it was alleged by the Mirror's David Maddock that Brendan Rodgers' side were nearing a deal for Basel flyer Mohamed Salah.
Clearly in the market for reinforcements out wide, Liverpool will look to add to the flanks that have been occupied by Raheem Sterling, Victor Moses, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson so far this season.
Per Transfermarkt.co.uk, Tello has made just two La Liga starts under Gerardo Martino this season. The youngster's brightest outing came in a 4-1 mauling of Real Valladolid, where Tello managed to record two assists in just over 70 minutes.
Though the Merseysiders would benefit most directly from any temporary move, Barca would be wise to give their winger some time away from the Camp Nou, considering he's yet to leave the club since moving from Espanyol in 2010.
However, ESPN's John Brewin raises a valid point in saying Tello's arrival would only act as another obstacle for those youngsters already at Anfield:
If Tello joins Liverpool, I don't fancy Brad Smith's chances of playing left wing again.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) December 30, 2013
The Spaniard clearly has potential, but has so far been unable to expand upon early signs of talent thanks to a lack of consistency in his playing time.
Were Tello to arrive at Anfield, he'd be looking to have a bigger impact than compatriots Suso, Luis Alberto and Dani Pacheco have managed in recent years, all having earned massive hype but ultimately failing to make an impact in Liverpool's first team.