Having struggled at Everton under Ronald Koeman this season, the Spaniard has enjoyed a new lease on life in Serie A, so much so that Barcelona could activate an option in the deal that took the 23-year-old to Goodison Park in a permanent deal in 2015 and sign him back for €12m.
Under the terms of the transfer, the Spanish giants had the option of signing him for €9m last summer or €12m this year but would be prohibited from selling him on for at least one season. Everton would also be due a sizeable percentage of the sell-on fee.
“The club are firmly considering the option to bring him back to play for the first team next season,” Barça's sporting director, Robert Fernandez, told Catalan station TV3 over the weekend.
There are reports in Spain, however, that Lionel Messi has told the top brass at the Nou Camp that he is against the idea of re-signing Deulofeu, indicating that the Blues' forward is not an elite-calibre player.
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1 Posted 20/04/2017 at 07:31:05
Maybe it's due to the solid mention of "First team".
2 Posted 20/04/2017 at 08:49:19
I think he's right though, Deulofeu isn't getting in that team.
3 Posted 20/04/2017 at 09:51:17
4 Posted 20/04/2017 at 10:00:39
Blimey... is this the same man who couldn't cope with the likes of Stoke, Sunderland etc in the Premier League without falling over every 2 minutes? It's amazing how shorticultural some people's memory is. Couple of good crosses and he's a superstar!!
Juve would have eaten him for breakfast.
5 Posted 20/04/2017 at 11:09:42
I would rather have Del Boy, but think Lookman will be better than Valencia.
6 Posted 20/04/2017 at 11:24:01
Yes Barca hold all the cards regarding Deulofeu; all they have to do is to tell Everton that they are using their buy back option. They have until the end of the next transfer window to buy him back for an already agreed fee.
7 Posted 20/04/2017 at 12:53:33
Couldn't have worded it better myself
8 Posted 20/04/2017 at 13:08:16
Let's be serious, does anyone think Chelsea, Spurs, City, Utd, Arsenal or Liverpool would have even the vaguest wish to sign him?
But some us still apparently think he'd deserve a place in our team. Weird!
9 Posted 20/04/2017 at 13:37:05
He was right. But then he was explaining away why he got caught napping on a cross from which we scored.
Deulofeu is a fantastically talented player about whom I have doubts but they don't matter. The manager appears not to fancy him, as he doesn't fancy Aaron Lennon, who I have few doubts about. They are both available for sale.
10 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:37:07
11 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:41:01
12 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:47:11
He continued his habit of losing the ball to one defender, without drawing or forcing a double-team. He did his usual flopping trying to coax a card or free kick. The ref looked to have a word with him after a particularly petulant dive at the end line and the usual arms outstretched whine at the ref for a foul and card (neither of which were given and rightly so).
Take the money for him and spend it on Sigurdsson.
13 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:53:57
14 Posted 20/04/2017 at 16:22:40
15 Posted 20/04/2017 at 16:30:50
16 Posted 20/04/2017 at 17:16:02
Agree with that. Much like us, if he continues to do well I'm not happy with €12mil, but he isn't missed from our point of view.
Like seeing Lookman and Calvert-Lewin given a chance, but when we need to start on fire I wouldn't want to lean on them.
Thorghen Hazard anyone?
17 Posted 20/04/2017 at 22:11:01
I'd say the Spanish cap certainly has helped his case but, either way, I doubt he's coming back to us.
18 Posted 20/04/2017 at 23:06:23
Ambition needs to be shown be all associated with the club. They are good players, but it ends there. Not worthy of consideration for next year.
Everton will be targeting players who can last 90minutes and be geniune game changers. Both players have that in their locker but only flickeringly.
Time to stop discussing small fry and move to the main courses that need to be acquired.
19 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:10:45
No they can't loan him out. Roberto explained the terms of the deal in that Geri had to remain part of Barcelona first team for a season. If Barcelona do end up selling him, Everton are entitled to a healthy chunk of any profit.
I remember at the time thinking that this was a masterstroke.
20 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:48:08
I'm pretty sure had Moyes been at the helm, both Lukaku and Stones would have been sold at much lower prices, in fact probably not... Stones would still be in the U23s and Kone in attack with Lukaku still at Chelsea.
We have now moved forward with a new and better manager, have funds in place to move forward.
Whether Del Boy returns or not, the future is looking great for Everton Football Club.
21 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:23:10
Where Alex Young would figure in your preferred line up I couldn't really guess. Yeah, right, different times. A bit like comparing Best to Messi, eh.
22 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:53:45
This summer and beyond I really hope we cast off the nearly-men image we've endured for decades when it comes to signing top players, that's all.
I'm not conceited enough to expect anyone to read all (or even any of) my postings but you make it clear you've read nothing I've ever typed if you believe I want a team full of defensive midfielders.
Apart from that, well done, spot on! :)
23 Posted 21/04/2017 at 13:03:34
24 Posted 21/04/2017 at 15:28:40
25 Posted 21/04/2017 at 15:35:26
Congratulations, David, for the word of the day.
26 Posted 21/04/2017 at 23:24:34
Since Kone was not a Moyes player or acquisition, perhaps you meant Lukaku still at Chelsea and Super Kev and Anichebe or Naismith in attack?
27 Posted 23/04/2017 at 16:05:14
Lyndon mentioned the two teams in question in the initial piece and you raised the matter of playing them. No, don't remember your views previously posted but neither of us would be alone there.
It was your "muck & bullets" comment that gave me the impression that you considered muscle was more important than skill.
I think the 'nearly men' image came with the Chairman and early on it was the 'nearly relegated men'.
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