Barcelona wide man Cristian Tello could be a Porto player by the end of the week according to Catalan newspaper Sport.
The news will come as a blow to the Premier League sides who have reportedly been tracking his future in Spain with both Arsenal and Liverpool previously having flirted with the idea of making a bid for him.
However, they may not get the chance with talks between Barcelona and Porto reportedly about to reach a conclusion.
“After holding several negotiations – Tello has decided to embark on a Portuguese adventure – Negotiations could take shape by the end of this week, with a formula that satisfies all parties,” reports Sport.
It’s a blow for both Premier League clubs because they both have a need for a left sided player to come into their midfields.
Arsenal’s need for a left winger is demonstrated by the fact Arsene Wenger was forced to use Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla frequently on the left last season.
Both of those players are better in central roles, which they would be freed up to play if Wenger brings in a winger.
The news will probably have less impact with Liverpool as reports suggest Brendan Rodgers is working away on deals to get a high profile winger in at the club before next season.
Alexis Sanchez and Xherdan Shaqiri would be preferred options for the Merseyside club despite being more expensive deals than would be the case, had Liverpool decided to focus on Tello.
Tello’s motive for moving to Porto seems to be that he’s far more likely to get regular football at the Portuguese giants than would be the case in the Premier League.
That’s understandable considering the pressure Arsenal and Liverpool will be under next season, which is likely to push Wenger and Rodgers into using more experienced or higher impact players.
It’s a blow but one each club can recover from.