In Focus: Everton star could join Barcelona for £10.4m; Koeman likely to sanction move

According to reports on Sport English, Barcelona could exercise an option to re-sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spanish winger joined the Toffees from the Catalan giants for a fee in the region of £4.2m in July 2015, but despite enjoying a successful first season under the leadership of Roberto Martinez, Deulofeu found first team opportunities harder to come by when the Spaniard was replaced by Ronald Koeman last summer.

After struggling to get much time on the pitch during the first half of the current campaign, the 23-year-old joined AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the season.

How has he done in Italy?

He’s done ok, but certainly hasn’t been spectacular.

He’s scored one goal and provided a further three assists in 10 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants, and obviously caught the attentions of the national team having been recalled to the Spain squad this week.

Has he performed well enough to impress Barcelona?

It’s hard to say.

His stats this season are far from impressive this term, but they are understandable when you consider that it has been an unsettling year for the Spanish wide man.

The Catalan giants included a buy-back clause as part of the deal when Deulofeu left the Camp Nou in 2015, so they must feel he has the potential to come back one day.

Barcelona secretary Robert Fernandez said: “Deulofeu was at Everton and not playing.

“He went on loan to Milan, where he’s playing and has been called up to the Spain team.

“It’s good news. I think it’s €12m to bring him back.”

Would he be a big loss to Everton?

Possibly not.

While he quickly became a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park and built up a successful partnership with Romelu Lukaku in the 2015/16 season, it doesn’t seem as though Deulofeu is fancied by Koeman.

The Dutchman could choose to cash in on the Spanish player this summer in order to further strengthen his squad.

 


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