FC Barcelona and Fiorentina have arrived at an agreement for the loan of Cristian Tello for the 2016/17 season. The Italian club contractually agrees that the participation of the player remains active during the loan.
The agreement includes an option for Fiorentina to buy the player at the end of the 2016/17, which FC Barcelona can block.
After coming through the youth ranks, Tello broke into the first team in 2011/12. He played three seasons under Pep Guardiola, and was then loaned to FC Porto in the summer of 2014 for two seasons.
He was a key player for manager Julen Lopetegui in his first season there, playing 33 matches, scoring eight goals. The next season did not go so well, with Porto’s bad form costing the manager his job and Tello his place in the first team.
As a result, he moved to Fiorentina in the winter transfer window on loan until the end of the season. He regained his form in Serie A, playing 13 matches, scoring twice and making three assists.
Upon returning from Italy, Tello returned to Barça and formed part of the squad that trained at St. George’s Park, but the winger will now return to Fiorentina for the 2016/17 campaign.