Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello could be on his way to Anfield after a spat with his manager Tato Martino has reportedly pushed him toward the exit door.
The Daily Mirror's John Cross reports that Brendan Rodgers has been given the green light to sign the 22-year-old forward, a long-term target for Liverpool, after he publicly rowed with Martino in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Getafe on Saturday.
Tello was brought on as a substitute in the 91st minute of the game, a ploy designed to waste time as Barcelona held a narrow 2-1 lead at that time, which they eventually lost to a very late equaliser, per BBC Sport.
Tello was evidently unhappy at being used simply to time-waste and had a long discussion with Martino before entering the field at the Camp Nou.
While Tello is a great talent, he has been used incredibly sparsely by Barcelona this season with only two La Liga starts and 19 appearances from the bench, per WhoScored.com.
It was reported back in January that Tello was unhappy with his lack of playing time but that he seemed content at the club and Barcelona were not going to sell him, per Ben Jefferson in the Express:
I am content at Barcelona but we still have not advanced in the negotiation deal. It is normal that I desire more minutes in the team. I want to profit on my opportunities this season. I do not need to demonstrate anything on the pitch because the coach knows how I am at this club.
However, the recent public altercation has disturbed this harmony, and both parties (the player and the club) are reportedly now happy to see Tello leave Barcelona.
Cross' report marks Liverpool as the likely destination for the Spain international, who is valued at around £8 million.
There have been rumours surrounding Liverpool's interest in the player for some time now as Squawka's tweet alluded to:
Reports: We've heard this one before; Liverpool are still chasing Barcelona’s Cristian Tello - http://t.co/5duoXt7viG— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 20, 2014
A forward-lying winger who can play on either the left or on the right, Tello would add to Liverpool's already terrific counter-attacking style, which has seen them top score in the Premier League this season, bagging 99 goals with one game remaining, per ESPN FC.
However, as represented by their horrific collapse from 3-0 up to a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday, which has seen them concede ground to Manchester City in the title race, the Reds might do well to focus their transfer business on defenders.
Tello seems good value for money and with a return to Champions League football next season, Liverpool will require good backup in all areas, something the Spaniard would certainly provide.