The future of Gerard Deulofeu seems to be a lot more complex than is being reported in the British media. It seems that this stylish and creative player, mysteriously surplus to requirements at Goodison, is in the midst of a tug of war between giants Milan and Barcelona with Celta Vigo and Middlesbrough trying to snatch him from both.
According to reports in the Italian and Spanish media, Adriano Galliani, Milan’s Chief Executive, is eager to sign Deulofeu but right now Milan can only negotiate loans. Everton suggested a loan with a transfer deal at the end of it but Barcelona objected, claiming the sale to Everton included a first refusal on a buy back if he was sold within three years. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo stepped, in offering a reported 12 million Euros for Deulofeu after a successful loan until the end of the season. Middlesbrough is also said to be interested and offering cash now, and so favoured by Everton but not by the player.
Milan is preferred by Deulofeu because he has a better chance of a starting position – startlingly, on the left rather than the right wing. It is surprising that a player favoured by AC Milan can barely get a look in at Goodison but football is a funny game, as they say.
Barcelona does not want to relinquish their hold on Deulofeu – even though he would be unlikely to start there – because he is native Catalan and Barcelona, the perceived guardian of Catalan football culture, wants to have talented Catalan players available to them.
As Adriano Galliano told an Italian newspaper: “It is a rather complicated situation. Everton is well aware that at this time we can only do pure loans So tomorrow we'll talk and we'll see if we can find a solution, otherwise we will remain as we are. I do not like to make forecasts or predictions, I can’t tell the future.”
Most Evertonians would probably want to hang on to Deulofeu, particularly now that Bolasie is out with a long-term injury.
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1 Posted 18/01/2017 at 08:37:12
2 Posted 18/01/2017 at 09:25:18
"Not only that but one of his former lovers says she still loves him and won't let him go"
"We'll find out what's goin' on...after this break, don't go away"
Audience: "GER-I, GER-I, GER-I "
3 Posted 18/01/2017 at 09:27:13
We should be focusing on getting the likes of McGeady, Gibson, Lennon et al permanently off our books. I still have high hopes for young Geri but he needs a run of games.
4 Posted 18/01/2017 at 09:33:33
5 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:23:05
Why can't we just loan him to Milan for the rest of the season?
6 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:28:41
7 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:37:23
Also the Barcelona buy back lasts till the summer, they had an option to buy him back after his first season for £6.4 million and another clause to buy him back this summer for 12 million. So I cant see how anybody can buy him unless Barcelona waive their buy back clause.
I hope we keep him and he gets a chance to play in the Number 10 position rather than stuck out wide.
8 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:40:57
I reckon Everton don't want him to go out on loan because they want the cash to spend on somebody else.
What I can't understand is that if Barca still have first option, and we want rid, then offer him to Barca first and if they turn down the offer would that not mean they've relinquished their right?
All very complicated but doesn't "first refusal" mean if you're offered him and refuse then he's free to go elsewhere?
9 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:45:33
10 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:49:40
Sorry, I shouldn't be referring to the club I have supported for 65 years as 'we'. I of course should have said 'the project that is Everton' gave Gibson the contract extension.
11 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:49:42
I think the "we" Brian refers to is "we" as in Everton, you know like how a lot of Evertonians want Honest Ron to refer to the club when he speaks.
Do you never say "we" when you mean Everton?
12 Posted 18/01/2017 at 10:50:54
13 Posted 18/01/2017 at 11:06:54
14 Posted 18/01/2017 at 11:08:47
Like you, I have always said 'we' when talking about Everton, but when I saw Michael's comments I thought maybe I was wrong.
15 Posted 18/01/2017 at 11:30:15
16 Posted 18/01/2017 at 12:12:29
I haven't counted them, but I know I've watched him put over a lot of pinging low, hard crosses (that Lineker would have loved) that should have resulted in goals.
17 Posted 18/01/2017 at 12:26:31
But everytime he is brought on he usually creates something, he is always looking to deliver an early ball to Lukaku. Surely he must be a far better option than Lennon, who looks like he might create something but invariably doesn't. Yes Lennon does a better defensive job but surely playing 3 at the back would lesson the need for Deulofeu to do so much defensive work.
Also, we keep talking about Ross and potential yet he is the same age as Deulofeu and Deulofeu hasn't been played in his best position, yet it's okay to let him go.
18 Posted 18/01/2017 at 13:59:03
Even on Sunday, there were more than a few times when someone would get the ball and take it down the wing and there'd be no Everton player in the box. Not having a go at any player in particular but me and the guy next to me both saw it time after time where the players you want in the box were literally "jogging" towards the box and weren't in it by the time the cross had been made.
Even if the cross isn't a particularly good one, enough attackers in the box unsettle defenders, make them make mistakes, and increase the chance of a deflection or a goal due to a crowded box melee.
It's the same with the old "pressing" game. Put players under pressure and they'll fuck up, a la Stones on Sunday.
19 Posted 18/01/2017 at 14:45:59
20 Posted 18/01/2017 at 15:09:00
However, the reaction always seem to be, someone should've got on the end of it when, in most instances, I observe it would often be impossible for the forward player to reach even if he anticipates the cross.
Take the first goal on Saturday. Mirallas picks out the perfect pass to Lukaku who can side foot home. I can guarantee had Mirallas squared across the face of the goal, there would have been cries of Lukaku not 'making the right run'.
For me, if a winger plays the ball across the face of the goal that finds no-one, in most cases he has played the wrong pass.
When Ashley Williams spoons one of his cross-field passes into the dugout, I never hear anyone saying Seamus should've been on his toes and anticipated it was going 10 yards in front of where he was standing.
21 Posted 18/01/2017 at 15:09:11
Everton reject Milan loan bid
22 Posted 18/01/2017 at 15:38:33
23 Posted 18/01/2017 at 16:20:58
Why not keep him until the summer when the Barca clause dies and then see where we are?
If it's about getting in new blood, then I'd rather wait until the summer rather than sell this guy.
24 Posted 18/01/2017 at 18:33:24
If he can just concentrate on being productive, then he can be a real asset; carry on with the show pony tricks and he will be a liability in constantly losing the ball when in threatening positions. It's up to him but I would think the powers that be are running out of patience with him.
25 Posted 19/01/2017 at 13:05:52
When the Yak was sold, he scored plenty for an under performing Blackburn. But that's all he offered. Get the ball to him he would stand a good chance of scoring, without the ball he was a passenger. I see a bit of this in the Geri situation, except he is young and has time to evolve.
Is tough, but I think that keeping him prevents Koeman signing a player better suited to his ideas of how the team should play.
Yes, he looks great in the Under-23s, but so did Niasse.
26 Posted 19/01/2017 at 16:26:21
Jim (#25), "Yes, he looks great in the Under-23s, but so did Niasse." – I think you must mean Spain's U21s? I don't think Deulofeu has ever played for Everton's U23s.
27 Posted 19/01/2017 at 16:32:53
At least Deulofeu isn't injury prone like most of the above.
28 Posted 20/01/2017 at 03:52:30
Ah, who really knows what I meant! I was drunk.
29 Posted 20/01/2017 at 12:23:45
30 Posted 21/01/2017 at 11:26:42
He does need a run in the side but if he is not doing the basics he leaves gaps and exposes Coleman. He needs to think like a an English player but with Spanish skills.
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