Arsene Wenger would be well advised to move quickly and snap up Barcelona star Cristian Tello this summer.
The 22-year-old forward and left sided winger has been a reported target for Arsenal throughout this season and Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has suggested it’s the perfect time for the Gunners to go after him.
“Tello’s patience is exhausted, while the club is not willing to compromise with him after his ugly confrontation with Tata Martino,” reads the conclusion of Mundo’s report.
Tello has been forced to endure a frustrating season at Barcelona, which has seen him start only two games with 19 of his La Liga appearances coming as a substitute.
He’s managed just one goal and two assists this season, which is a ratio that he would have been looking to develop significantly at the Nou Camp.
His contract is lengthy and isn’t set to expire until 2018 and the fact Barca are being tipped to replace Martino at the end of the season means a new coach could breathe fresh air into Tello’s Barcelona career.
However, there is real merit and value for Arsenal to go after him.
The fact he’s a predominantly left sided player means that Arsene Wenger could move Lukas Podolski into a striker’s role, if Tello performed well down the left hand side.
That would decrease the pressure on Wenger to sign more than one big name and high profile striker this summer, giving him a trio of a new arrival, Podolski and Olivier Giroud around which to base his attack.
All he seems to want is a crack at regular first team football, which he’s not getting at Barcelona because there are so many players ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.
Arsenal certainly have the finances to be able to go after Tello and if they want him, they’re best advised to move quickly before a new coach is likely appointed after the World Cup.