Liga - Transfer round-up: Barca 'turn down' Atletico's Tello approach

A round-up of the day's Spanish transfer gossip, as Barcelona reportedly turn down an approach from Atletico Madrid for Cristian Tello.

Liga - Transfer round-up: Barca 'turn down' Atletico's Tello approach

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Tello attracting interest

Catalan newspaper Sport have revealed that the capital club enquired about making a move for the 21-year-old, but Tito Vilanova’s men refused their offer.

The Rojiblancos are said to have proposed both a loan move and made a bid for a permanent deal, however, the Blaugrana see the Spain U-21 international as a key player for next season.

Tello was impressive when called upon last term, scoring seven goals in 22 appearances.

Spanish media claim Sevilla have made a €20m offer for Riccardo Montolivo, but Milan turned them down.

The midfielder only arrived from Fiorentina on a Bosman last summer and is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup.

Montolivo has been tipped to become the new captain of the Rossoneri after Massimo Ambrosini’s contract was allowed to expire.

This is why, according to, Milan have rejected Sevilla’s alleged €20m proposal out of hand.

The transfer rumour has been repeated in numerous Italian papers and sites too.

Fiorentina are continuing to do battle with Tottenham for Barcelona striker David Villa.

While the British tabloids maintain Spurs have the advantage, the Viola have suddenly surged on to the scene.

Both clubs will be in the Europa League next season and can promise regular first team football.

“We know the type of interesting project that Fiorentina have in mind,” Villa’s agent Victor Onate told TuttoMercatoWeb on Saturday.

“I worked with current Fiorentina technical director Eduardo Macia at Valencia. We are friends and in constant communication. Fiorentina had a good season and their intention is to grow even more.

“If he does leave, we are looking for an important project that will allow him to play at a high level. England or Italy makes no difference, as long as the project is good.”

Fiorentina have been called the most Spanish side in Italy, as they can already count on midfielder Borja Valero and ex-Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi in their approach based on possession football.

The Tuscans are also strengthening with the arrival of Joaquin from Malaga, Marcos Alonso from Bolton Wanderers and Gustavo Munua from Levante.

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