Some transfer rumours have a tendency to only go away temporarily; and in the case of Barcelona’s 21-year-old winger Cristian Tello that seems to be the case.
Last summer the lightning quick Spaniard was being linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal as well as Italian outfit AC Milan; mainly because his contract at the Nou Camp was coming to an end in 2014.
However, when he agreed a new contract extension at the tail-end of last year, all conjecture over his future seemed to end.
That conjecture has however once again reared its head; because once again Barcelona’s seemingly clever contract system has let them down.
In almost identical fashion to that of Thiago Alcantara Barcelona have shot themselves in the foot once again.
Thiago was the star player at the recent European Under-21 Championships and with that in mind most would agree that Barca would be mad to let him go.
However he is currently free to go due to his pitiful release clause of just €18 million; that has Manchester United salivating at the thought of him walking through their doors.
It is a release clause that would have rose to a far less attainable fee should Thiago had played enough games for the club this season; but he didn’t.
And the same thing has happened with Tello.
He has a €10 million release clause in his current deal which could have rose as high as €18 million should he have played the requisite amount of games this summer.
Barcelona now face offering him a new deal in order to cancel out the clause or coming to some form of other arrangement.
But available at £8.5 million Tello might see himself as a valued commodity and decide that enough is enough in Catalonia.
With the signing of Neymar competition is fierce in the Barca attacking areas. Tello only managed to string together 22 league games last campaign and featured sporadically from the end of April.
So he might consider telling Barca to stick the new deal and float himself on the market for a mark-down price.
And at €10 million there will be plenty of potential suitors vying for his signature; Arsenal included.
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