£7m for Cristian tello!

The Daily Mail is reporting that Liverpool will have to spend £7m if they are to secure the services of Cristian Tello.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to add some young talent to his squad and Tello – who only has one year to run on his current contract – could fit the bill.

The 20-year-old has represented Spain at youth level and is highly regarded in La Liga and if Barcelona are to sell, they want a decent return.

A lot could come down to what the player and his representatives think of a potential move though. Even if a fee is agreed, moving abroad at 20-years-old is a massive step.

Perhaps Tello needs to assess whether he is going to get a game at Barcelona in the next couple of years. If he is not, moving to Liverpool and a new challenge in England might be the way forward.

Liverpool also need to decide whether they want to spend £7m on a player that isn’t proven at the highest level quite yet. They would be taking a calculated gamble on finding someone that can get them crucial Premier League goals.

As with many transfer stories, this one looks set to develop over the next few weeks.


Is Bale the next Barca star?

Talk Sport are today reporting that Gareth Bale is almost certain to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

With manager Harry Redknapp already sacked this week, this comes as devastating news to Tottenham fans who will be worried about their future.

In terms of what the latest is with Bale, his agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that the lack of Champions League football next season is making the winger consider his options.

He said: “Yes, it is clear that this is a problem.

“The big European clubs already know how much it would take to do the operation and therefore if you are interested you know what kind of offer has to be put on the table.”

Even if Bale does want to leave, there is no way that Tottenham will sell him on the cheap. They will want maximum reward for one of the most talented young players in Europe.

With regards to who might be interested, there are likely to be several, but at this stage Barcelona are not one of them.

According to Sportinglife, an asking price of around £40m could be too much for the Catalan giants to afford.

Overall, there is no doubt that Bale’s future is going to dominate many transfer news stories this summer.

Spain will improve: Ramos

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Spain defender Sergio Ramos believes his side showed signs of promise in their 1-1 draw against Italy at Euro 2012.

Vicente Del Bosque’s side bounced back from going a goal behind to substitute Antonio Di Natale’s effort, finding an immediate equaliser through Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas playing in an unfamiliar striking role.

Speaking after Sunday’s match, Ramos said Spain could take great pride in their comeback, and dismissed the idea that the players were distracted by rumoured bad blood between Real Madrid and Barcelona players.

“(Spain) went from strength to strength,” he told reporters.

“We found the game complicated at first, but in the second half we created more space and improved in front of goal.

“When it comes to these kind of moments, we are professionals and have to shake off (any off-field issues).”

Ramos was also keen to praise their opponents, and feels Italy could go far at the tournament.

“We played against a great Italy side that came to attack us, to press us, and they have players who can make the difference,” he said.

“They are going to be an important team.”