Cristian Tello will receive the opportunity to prove himself away from Barcelona after the Spanish winger agreed a loan move to Porto for the next two seasons, noted by the Blaugrana's official Twitter account.
Tello to go out on loan to Porto: The Catalan winger will have a two year loan deal with the Portuguese side pic.twitter.com/wUg0jOA8S2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
A brief statement confirming the deal was also posted on the FCB website, where it is confirmed Porto will receive the option to permanently buy Tello at the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign. Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC translated the post:
"Barcelona & Oporto FC have agreed loan of Cristian Tello for next 2 seasons, with deal including an option to buy" http://t.co/kC6EmTHYLm— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) July 16, 2014
Will Porto opt to buy Cristian Tello permanently after his loan deal expires?
Tello heads to Portugal needing to prove himself after a disappointing season—and indeed, early career—with Barcelona. The tricky winger made just two starts and 20 substitute appearances in La Liga during the 2013-14 campaign, scoring two goals, per WhoScored.com. He also failed to make a Champions League start and is finally deemed surplus to immediate requirements ahead of Luis Enrique's first season in charge.
Similar to Alexis Sanchez—who recently joined Arsenal, per David Ornstein of BBC Sport—Tello's switch may be linked to the arrival of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker is expected to star alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar when his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini concludes, providing Tello with a seemingly impossible route into the first-team when you consider Pedro remains on Barca's books.
Porto is an excellent place for the youngster to develop his game, offering Tello competitive football across both Liga Sagres and Europe.