Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers may be about to miss out on Cristian Tello to an inexperienced colleague.
FC Porto’s new coach Julen Lopetegui has only one year of coaching experience at a club in any top level of European football; a spell in 2003 at Rayo Vallecano.
However, he’s being tipped in the Spanish press to do what Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers haven’t managed; sign Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello.
Tello wants to play more regular first team football and Spanish newspaper AS is tipping him to make the move to Porto, to play under Lopetegui in Portugal’s top division.
It’s not fair to criticise Wenger and Rodgers for not getting a deal for the 22-year-old winger sorted because their hands are tied over how they would use him.
While Rodgers will admit there is a need for a wide player in his Liverpool squad, his team played some of the best attacking football last season using a combination of players out on the left hand side.
So in both cases with Arsenal and Liverpool, Tello would arrive initially as a back up, forced to fight for his way into the first team in London or Merseyside.
Bearing in mind he’s been forced to fight for football ever since he broke into the first team at Barcelona, he’s likely to desire a move where he’s going to start straight away and regularly in the first team.
Lopetegui may not have the same top flight experience as Wenger or Rodgers but he has an edge in terms of the more youthful sides he’s managed.
His spell with the Real Madrid B team and the Spanish under-19, under-20 and under-21 teams means he’s used to handling younger players and he’s coached Tello at some point during his international career.
AS also suggests that Lopetegui has specifically asked for Tello, as he mulls over his transfer plans this summer with officials at the Portuguese giant.
Should he complete a move to Porto, it will be a missed opportunity for the Premier League sides but they are well equipped to move on and attract potentially better players and alternatives.