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Reds Close On Tello & Sahin

Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin are close to moves to the Premier League this summer according to Guillem Balague. Find out more here.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Liverpool are linked with Cristian Tello and Nuri Sahin.


Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin, according to Guillem Balague.

The Spanish journalist gave an update on the La Liga duo’s situation in his column on Sky Sports News, and it appears Liverpool are front-runners for the exciting pair.

Attacking midfielder Tello broke into the Barcelona first team towards the end of last season after moving to the Nou Camp from Espanyol in 2010.

However, the 21-year-old is concerned he may not progress quickly enough at the Spanish giants and according to Balague, his agent will speak with the club in the next 48 hours to seek assurances over his role in the first team squad next season.

Recent reports had suggested that Arsenal were also vying for the 21-year-old but it appears Liverpool are now the favourites to land him if he does decide to leave this summer:

“Tello at the moment is an on-going situation. His agent wants to meet Barcelona today or tomorrow and after seeing what Barcelona want to offer – which is basically a ‘B team’ licence but with ‘A team’ wages.

“After that the agent will want to hear if Barcelona are going to play Tello a lot. It looks like he will be in the A Team sometimes, then in the B Team so the agent will talk to Barcelona about the possibility of moving on – either on loan or as a transfer.

“Atletico Madrid want him but the wage paid for him would be through an investment fund; the other team that is close to convincing him to move is Liverpool – not Arsenal, as has been published.

“Liverpool are optimistic that the player can go either on loan or as a transfer but it’s an on-going situation that has to be sorted – that’s what Barcelona want in the next couple of days.”

Balague wrote on Sky Sports News

It seems that Brendan Rodgers is also looking to add another central midfielder to his ranks, with Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin also close to a move to Anfield.

Arsenal were also thought to be close to landing the Turkish international two weeks ago while a swap deal involving Tottenham’s Luka Modric has also been mooted.

However, according to Balague it’s Liverpool who are in the box seat to land the 24-year-old after former Anfield man Xabi Alonso convinced the midfielder of a move to Merseyside. All that remains is for the two clubs to agree on the loan arrangement:

“Can you imagine a midfield with Joe Allen, Sahin and Lucas Leiva? It would look really good. But of course they have to convince the player – that’s the situation as it stands now.

“Liverpool will want Sahin to come on loan; Real Madrid are happy to let him go – they tried to move him on loan last January. This summer they wanted him to be part of a transfer for Luka Modric but Sahin said no.

“But an interesting twist has developed in this story because it seems as though Xabi Alonso has convinced Sahin to move to Liverpool and now it will be a matter of negotiating that loan deal

“Again – it’s an on-going situation. Nothing has been sorted yet but Alonso’s work has been very helpful for Liverpool!”

Balague wrote on Sky Sports News

So it seems Liverpool could be set to beat Arsenal to the signing of two players in the coming days, as Rodgers continues to improve his squad ahead of the new season.

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  1. Steveo

    August 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    As if…. he’d want to live in Merseyside and shun CL football.

    • Bon

      August 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      It appears Suarez does…

  2. Moses

    August 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Diz is a 9ce job if he can land dem

  3. kufre Umoren

    August 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    It wud be a great loss for arsenal, especially Tello who is a an exciting young star (imo).

  4. Haarvey

    August 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Come on Brendan….We have faith in you. Remember Brendan was invited, let me repeat…invited by Vincente Del Bosque to Spain to have a discussion on footballing philosophies. Don’t think that he is not highly regarded in La Liga too YNWA

  5. 49Unbeaten

    August 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Let’s put things in perspective here. Arsenal have an abundance of midfielders. Where would these players fit in? Sahin has the biggest chance of playing but will he dislodge Song? No. Will he get in infront of Arteta? No. Cazorla? No. Wenger has spent ages getting Diaby into shape and wants to give hi game time. Will he get in infront of Diaby? Probably not. Wilshere comes back in a month or two and he certainly won’t replace him. I don’t see Sahin getting much game time at all. And Tello? Even less of a chance so Liverpool and their Thursday night, channel 5 football seems more likely. I doubt Tello was ever a target to be fair.

    • fred

      August 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Yes friend dt was a serious …just n simple explanation! Lyk it !

  6. patrick

    August 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Alonso = Legend. Once A Red Always A Red.

    Steveo@ He might want to go to a club that actually wins stuff.

  7. JonJo

    August 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    49Unbeaten@ You’re seriously overrating that Arsenal midfield. Song, Arteta, Diaby are only average and Wilshere has glass legs..

    • 49Unbeaten

      August 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Ok answer me this then. Who is better than Song in his position (Also Sahins position) in the prem’? Song had 14 assists last season AND had the highest percentage of accurate through balls (more than David Silva – see opta) all coming from a defensive position. Wilshere is class. Future of Arsenal and England as Captain without a doubt and only a fool would say otherwise. Glass legs? One bad injury. Diaby, ok he’s had porblems but if he’s back to full fitness he can do everything that Sahin and Tello can do only better. And Arteta? Please! Had the most accurate pass rate in Europe bar Xavi and Cazorla last season. It’s no fluke that when he got injured we stopped winning games, when he came back we went on a run. Might not be your cup of tea but he’s important to the way WE play. Which team do you support?

      • Harvey

        August 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

        I think you seem to know a lot but talk even more mate…Why don’t you keep your self righteous views out of our sight before you get pummelled out of here!

        • 49Unbeaten

          August 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          WooOOOOooh a chat room tough guy eh? If you can’t battle me with FACTS don’t resort to threats… makes you look daft!


    August 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    check out wikipidia on kevin mirallas, it says he is an arsenal player…. no joke…

    • LFC_Fan

      August 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Actually, now it’s showing Everton

  9. DeNiro

    August 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    jonjo u must b a fool 4 sayin wilshere has a glass leg.

  10. nelson

    August 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Rodgers has done a Great job in the Anfield rebuild, adding 2 good players that are below 25! Thats awsome for me, and i think at the end of this sason he may succeed in keeping 1 if not both permanently YNWA!

  11. edward owen

    August 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Who would want to go to liverpool rather than arsenal?its rubbish,all great players want cl football,liverpool cant give it for a long time i think.

  12. Weza Weza

    August 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Arsenal is just a feeder club. Lfc wil get Theo before the transfer ends. As 4 Alonso he remains a true Red. He is a legend like Hyypia. YNWA

  13. akowonjo alabi rasheed

    August 15, 2012 at 12:47 am

    All what Ȋ̝̊ whant is tello &sahin&dempsy were going to champions league next season

  14. akowonjo alabi rasheed

    August 15, 2012 at 12:50 am

    We never walk alone alonso is coming back to lfc

  15. Mohamedharunkamara

    August 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Let please allow captain to satisfy himself.

  16. arsene

    August 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    if u knw much bout football u wd knw 4 real dt arsenals midfield ryt now has no place for sahin! Lyk him thou…but can he make better runs than carsola, diaby, rosicky, wishere…arterta or song? I doubt dt…but can come off d bench n Reali augment already existing talent!

  17. yemmykutty

    August 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    49unbeaten. You are so on point. I love d way u posted ur comment and i also Love the way u responded to Jonjo, don’t mind him, he’s just jealous. ***Gunners 4 Life***

    • 49Unbeaten

      August 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you. Very kind of you to say that.

  18. dizo

    August 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    asernal…lolz confused club….u should be out of here n face ya loosing long have u played in any finals???…pls get out of here u re so disrespectful!!

    • 49Unbeaten

      August 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Over 20 years since you won the league isn’t it?

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