Everton’s Barcelona loan target opts for temporary Porto move

Cristian Tello has sealed a season-long switch to Portuguese giants Porto, having previously been linked with a loan move to Everton.

Roberto Martinez will have to look elsewhere for temporary attacking reinforcements after failing to secure the services of highly-rated Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello.

The Everton boss had hoped to bring the 22-year-old to Goodison Park as part of a season-long loan deal not too dissimilar to the one struck up last season for Gerard Deulofeu.

It was an agreement that certainly benefited both sides with the 20-year-old gaining much-needed experience in the English top-flight with the Toffees, while helping the Merseysiders to launch a credible challenge for a top-four finish.

Deulofeu made 25 Premier League appearances in total for Everton last term, scoring three goals including a memorable equaliser away to Arsenal.

However the attacking player opted against another loan spell at Goodison Park in a decision that reportedly had Martinez investigating alternative options.

Tello was seen as the logical second choice, with the Sabadell-born forward enduring a stop-start campaign at the Nou Camp last term during which he started just twice in La Liga for the Catalans.

However any speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move to the Premier League has been put to bed by the official announcement that Porto has secured the Spaniard’s services for the coming season.

Tello will move to the Portuguese giants as part of a season-long loan, leaving Everton on the hunt for an alternative transfer target possessing the same attributes as the Barcelona man.

One fellow La Masia graduate could be available though with former favourite Bojan Krkic reportedly deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp following a failed spell in Holland with Ajax.

Previously regarded as a player with the potential to match first-team stars like Pedro Rodriguez, Martinez could yet decide to gamble on the youngster who would no doubt relish a chance to prove himself all over again in the Premier League.


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