Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that he is powerless to stop Barcelona from re-signing Gerard Deulofeu due to a clause in his contract, Mirror reports.
The 21-year-old completed his move from the La Liga champions this past summer, but according to a clause in his contract, he could return to Spain for a fee of only £6million.
Martinez admitted that he was happy with the deal which saw the winger join his side given that the Toffees have first option to bring him back should he leave.
“I’m delighted with the deal,” he said.
“They can’t sell him on at a higher price. There are certain things in the deal.
“At the end of that, if they decide to sell him, we have got first rights of getting him back, or we have got a big percentage of that.”
However, another added bonus for the manager is that Deulofeu can only make his return to Spain in the summer, meaning the English club will not likely let anyone leave in the January window.
He has been on good form for the club in recent weeks, so far featuring in 10 league matches, scoring one goal while providing a further five assists (whoscored.com).
They are also looking to retain the services of top Chelsea target John Stones, who has already seen four offers for his services rejected during the summer.