Barcelona's Cristian Tello celebrates after he scored against Levante during their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final first leg soccer match at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium in Valencia, January 22, 2014.
Barcelona's Cristian Tello celebrates after he scored against Levante during their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final first leg soccer match at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium in Valencia, January 22, 2014.Reuters

Liverpool are planning a move for Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello, according to sources in Spain.

The 22-year-old defender - who is under contract with Barca until June 2016 - was targeted by the Anfield club in the January transfer window, but opted to finish the season at the Camp Nou in the hope of getting a first-team opportunity.

So far, he has only made two starts and 17 substitute appearances in the league, contributing two assists in the process. His progression at the Camp Nou has been slowed by the presence of stars such as Neymar, Leo Messi, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez.

According to talkSport, the Catalan club are open to offers for Tello and the Reds are keeping a keen eye on the winger as they are willing to activate his €10m release clause.

With the Fifa's 14-month transfer ban temporarily suspended, the Catalans will be able to buy and sell players this summer – and this could facilitate Tello's departure.

Barca are planning a clear-out in order to renew the team ahead of the next season. Players who could leave include Dani Alves, Alex Song, Oie Olazabal, Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca, as well as Tello.

Liverpool are now waiting for the winger and his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, to talk to Barca's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and find out what plans the Catalan club have for him.

The youngster has also attracted interest from many other teams, including AC Milan and Napoli – former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez tried to secure his services during the last transfer window and is likely to try again in the summer.