Liverpool target finally increases release clause from £8.7m to £21m

Cristian Tello of Barcelona will cost a lot more now then he would have a week ago, after finally agreeing a contract extension.

He is a player who has been linked with a move to Liverpool for the past couple of seasons. Barcelona winger Cristian Tello is an admired commodity of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers - with his pace and technical prowess the perfect combination for his style of play. In fact, Tello is almost tailor made for a modern day Premier League footballer.

But despite this, he has struggled to play regular football in recent times at Barcelona. Of course this is no surprise - with Alexis Sanchez, David Villa, Pedro, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and some guy called Lionel Messi all for competition.

So when Barca agreed to sign Brazilian international Neymar from Santos this summer the writing appeared to be on the wall for Tello - despite him signing a new contract just 12 months ago.

Last summer he was again being linked with a move from Barcelona, with the Premier League a potential destination.

But he signed a new contract, with a similar clause to the one Thiago Alcantara had fixed into his.

It had a playing time related release clause - that would be activated in the event of not playing a certain amount of minutes for Barcelona in 2012-13.

That release clause was activated this summer - a release clause of just £8.7 million.

That fee is certainly a paltry amount for such a talented young player, and any interest in his services would have been more than understood.

But last month it was reported that he was on the verge of signing a new deal with the Catalan club, which would see him remove the buy-out clause from his deal.

But that deal was thrashed out by previous manager Tito Villanova. When he stepped down to continue his fight against cancer, Tata Martino was brought in as his replacement and the deal was put on the back burner.

Finally however, with just a few days left of the transfer window, Barcelona have managed to remove the clause from his contract.

He has now agreed a two-year extension to his current deal - which will keep him at Barcelona until June 2018.

His buyout clause is now set at around £21 million - so he is a far more expensive acquisition for any interested parties then he was a couple of weeks ago.

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