Barcelona agree to loan Tello to Fiorentina

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Barcelona, Aug 16 (IANS) FC Barcelona officially announced on Tuesday that striker Cristian Tello will be loaned to Serie A club Fiorentina for one football season.

The Italian club has an option to purchase the Spanish player for 8 million euros ($9 million) at the end of the 2016-17 season, although Barcelona confirmed that they can block this option, reports Efe.

Tello made a debut with the first team of Barcelona during the 2011-12 season, as he played for three seasons under the command of former coach Pep Guardiola.

The Spanish striker joined Porto on loan for two seasons in the summer of 2014, when he became a key player in the first season. But his role decreased in the next year due to the poor performance of the Portuguese side.

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Tello moved to Fiorentina in the second half of last season, where he played 13 games, including 12 as a starter, and scored two goals.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has not depended on Tello during the pre-season preparations, so the best option for the Spanish player was to rejoin Fiorentina.

–IANS

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