Arsenal have been put on red alert as it seems Cristian Tello is heading out of the Nou Camp after not been given a shirt number in the named 25-man squad for the upcoming season by manager Tito Vilanova.
The rumours regarding him leaving have intensified after a few lesser players have been given squad numbers over the 20-year-old.
It is thought so far that Liverpool, Real Madrid and of course Arsenal are looking at all forms of offers for the winger, including a possible loan deal for the Spain Under-23 international.
Tello, who will turn 21 this weekend, already has Champions League experience under his belt, replacing Andres Iniesta during their game against Bayer Leverkusen on 7th of March, scoring within two minutes of coming on.
The Arsenal team doesn’t have a lot of space in it at present, but fortunately for us with the rules regarding the 25-man financial play rules, a move for Tello would count as one of our Under-21 players as the rules states:
In addition to the 25-man named squad, clubs can use an unlimited number of players aged 21 or under. An Under 21 player is defined as one who is under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences.
Arsenal benefit quite well from this rule. Currently the likes of Kyle Bartley, Francis Coquelin, Emmanuel Frimpong, Ryo Miyaichi, Henri Lansbury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all fall in this ruling. However, for me, this still gives Arsenal a squad of around 26 players.
The Gunners could do a lot worse than signing Tello, and I’m sure Cesc Fabregas would put in a good word about the club. My only concern is that with Barcelona you tend never to get something for nothing and a deal for Tello could be seen by them as an ‘I.O.U.’ over any future negotiations for Alex Song or any other Gunner for that matter.
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