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Liverpool have reportedly agreed to meet the €10m (£8.5m) release clause written into Barcelona attacker Cristian Tello's contract but now must look to persuade the young Spaniard to move to Anfield according to Sport.es.
Barcelona may well be ready to sell a number of their squad players as Tito Vilanova eyes up the purchase of a central defender this summer, having already forked out £48m to sign Brazilian starlet Neymar.
However 21 year old Tello is apparently leaning towards sticking with Barcelona for at least another season to see if he can force his way into a more prominent role in Vilanova's first team set-up.
The adaptable forward, who can play up front in an central striking role or out wide on either wing, was handed just 12 La Liga starts last term and only two starts in the Champions League but did manage to net eight goals in all competitions.
The arrival of Neymar is sure to leave Tello playing an even more limited role in Tito Vilanova's first team set-up with the locally born Barcelona player already having to challenge the likes of David Villa, Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro for a spot supporting Lionel Messi in the Catalan giant's attack.
Brendan Rodgers has already signed Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto from Man City and Sevilla respectively and looks likely to welcome Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas having agreed deals with both player's employers.
However the Liverpool boss is keen to further improve his attacking options and is clearly aware of Tello's obvious potential.