Watford have signed former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, the Spanish champions have confirmed.

The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, scoring once in seven Premier League appearances for the Hornets.

Deulofeu will now return to Hertfordshire on a full-time basis after Barcelona announced a deal worth an initial €13 million had been agreed.

Announcing the deal on their website, Barcelona said in a statement: “FC Barcelona and Watford FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu to the English club.

“They have agreed on a fee of €13 million, plus €4 million in variables. FC Barcelona will also receive a percentage of any future transfer operations to other clubs.”


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 11/06/2018 at 15:56:46
Good luck to Gerry at Watford. If he starts well we can tap him up in October.
Kristian Boyce
2 Posted 11/06/2018 at 16:50:35
I think we have a % cut clause in the deal too from what I recall.
Darren Murphy
3 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:49:03
Hahaha, nice one Tony, good luck to the lad, I always liked Delboy to be fair, I'd sooner have them inch-perfect crosses to Lukaku over anything Bolasie did or does, cheaper too.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 11/06/2018 at 17:58:10
Considering they didn't want to see him ever again, Barca got a nice price for him.

Off-topic, Sky Sports says we're ready to bid for Maddison as soon as the Rooney-to-DC deal is confirmed.

Neil Copeland
5 Posted 11/06/2018 at 22:05:14
Mike, I saw that report too. I think Maddison is an attacking centre mid... Does anyone know much about him and Is he any good?
Anthony Hawkins
6 Posted 12/06/2018 at 12:23:04
He's a player we should never have let go. Glad Lookman is getting the attention he deserves, now.
Joe Clitherow
7 Posted 12/06/2018 at 12:47:18
Rose-tinted glasses in full operation for a player who only ever delivered for a YouTube highlights reel.

I like the lad, but sadly for whatever reason – genes or lack of work ethic, whatever – he consistently demonstrated a basic lack of fitness. Difficult to compensate for that in the Premier League.

We are about to release Wayne Rooney for that same reason and there is no comparison between those two players in my view; neither in overall skill and effectiveness nor in the basic desire to compete and win. Rooney is past his best, Gerry just never fulfilled the potential we thought he had. Wayne never hid; can't say that for Gerry.

For Deulofeu, 5 mins of electric skill as a sub followed by the rest of the game blowing for tugs and pointing to other players to get a pass rather than shouting for it himself is definitely not enough for me, and not what we should be aiming at.

I wish him well but the odd cameo aside, I doubt he will be tearing up any trees at Watford. This will be his fourth attempt in the Premier League by my reckoning, twice with Everton.

Move on.

Tony J Williams
8 Posted 12/06/2018 at 12:48:43
Waste of space prima donna that was goosed after 25 minutes.

Smoker and diver.

One good run every game or two.

File with Sandro.

Peter Warren
9 Posted 12/06/2018 at 18:22:03
Joe's analysis spot on.
Eddie Dunn
10 Posted 13/06/2018 at 00:03:27
Poor Geri, he started at the top, and is on his merry way down.
Dan Parker
11 Posted 13/06/2018 at 00:27:11
And it seems to me you lived your life
like a Geri on the wing,
always fading on the hour
when your legs gave in...
Victor Yu
12 Posted 13/06/2018 at 03:21:32
Serie A might be more suitable for him.
John Audsley
13 Posted 14/06/2018 at 20:33:53
Indeed Dan, 60 minutes and he was Fooked.
Lev Vellene
14 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:08:55
I'm still sorry for this one to get away, with all the promise he had! But with only 60 mins of running around at pl level during a few full matches, and few goals to show for it...?
Jack Convery
15 Posted 16/06/2018 at 20:13:28
Good luck to him but not for us. We are upwardly mobile – aren't we?
Lev Vellene
16 Posted 16/06/2018 at 20:32:50
If he could keep the movement up for the full 90, he would have been very good. But he's like that rabbit on the lesser batteries in the commercial... OK as an impact sub, but we have cover for that already!

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