Southampton, Updated: June 29, 2016 3:02 PM
[.[views].], BY ClubCall
Southampton are showing interest in Barcelona winger Cristian Tello – a player they scouted when he was on loan at Porto last season.
Saints sent scouts to a number of Porto matches last term but Tello only played in a handful before departing to spend the rest of the season on loan at Fiorentina.
The Italian club are reportedly the main rivals for his signature after he scored two goals in 13 starts to convince them of his quality.
Tello was heading for stardom at Barcelona as a teenager, making his debut for the Nou Camp club in 2011 and scoring within two minutes of coming on in his first Champions League game.
But he fell out of favour in Catalonia and was sent on a two-year loan spell at Porto in 2014.
Reports claim Fiorentina were told it would cost £6.75million to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent basis – which seems like too much of a bargain to be true.
Tello has two years left on his Barcelona contract but has no future in the first team there.