The Spanish winger has been the subject of intensifying speculation from Italy regarding interest in taking him on from Roma and AC Milan but Koeman won't risk releasing him because of injuries to Yannick Bolasie and now Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Some reports have gone as far as to suggest that Milan had faxed through an official offer to take Deulofeu on loan until the end of the season but Koeman rejected that claim in his comments to the media today when he was asked if the ex-Barcelona man would be allowed to leave.
“At the moment no, because with the injury of first Bolaise and second Dominic,” said Koeman who also cited Aaron Lennon as a doubt for tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Leicester. “Then there is no possibility for Deulofeu at the moment. We have had no approaches.”
New signing Ademola Lookman is a potential replacement for Deulofeu but his relative youth and inexperience at Premier League level would make Koeman reluctant to rely on him bedding in immediately.
The Dutchman is reportedly looking at a further addition in that position, with Memphis Depay still being linked with a switch from Old Trafford, which, if he is successful, might free Deulofeu to move if he is willing and there are suitors.
Lookman, meanwhile, is cup-tied this weekend and is unlikely to feature for the senior side until the manager and his coaching team have had the chance to run the rule over him in first-team training.
“He is 19," Koeman explained. "He will not play next week against City, but he will be involved in training and we will see how he improves on this level.
“It is good that we bring in the boy at this point of the season. That is the best for him first and second for us.”
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1 Posted 06/01/2017 at 19:34:13
2 Posted 06/01/2017 at 19:38:07
3 Posted 06/01/2017 at 19:38:59
Deulofeu can pick a pass and create space with his movement and we know how well he can link up with Lukaku.
4 Posted 06/01/2017 at 20:00:18
I wouldn't have minded seeing him get a game or two in the #10 spot at some point, but it sure as hell ain't gonna happen now.
5 Posted 06/01/2017 at 20:02:46
6 Posted 06/01/2017 at 20:27:24
Depay? Who knows how good he is, so far he hasn't looked great for Man Utd. How much do they really expect for him? We really do need a bit more class in our forwards. Someone for Ross to look up to. (Rooney!)
7 Posted 06/01/2017 at 20:29:35
Barcelona don't put buy back clauses in for "useless" players; he will be a player with a coach who plays to strengths not weaknesses.
11 Posted 06/01/2017 at 21:25:45
As expected, we aren't exactly setting the January 'window' alight except for a couple of rumoured rejects from other Premier League clubs, Delboy must stay.
12 Posted 06/01/2017 at 21:34:11
File in the 'nearly' box. Pity because I liked him. Sniff.
13 Posted 06/01/2017 at 21:55:30
14 Posted 06/01/2017 at 22:25:18
16 Posted 06/01/2017 at 22:30:46
17 Posted 06/01/2017 at 23:33:42
18 Posted 06/01/2017 at 23:38:08
20 Posted 07/01/2017 at 00:14:01
He's talented, but he's not fit, basically he's a lazy little shit. Hopefully Ronny will put him straight.
21 Posted 07/01/2017 at 00:40:27
Just let that sink in, Anthony.
22 Posted 07/01/2017 at 00:41:29
Like I recently said of another of our eternally promising but never consistently delivering 23-year-olds (and Dele Alli is only 20 by way of comparison) I don't know what Del needs; hypnotist, psychologist, kiss or boot up the arse, but he and he alone needs to get his head sorted now or just fuck off.
23 Posted 07/01/2017 at 01:04:16
It's sunk in mate as I wrote it!! I get what your saying, or rather what I'm saying, but to put the con's to the back and work off the pros I would look at the following points...
1. If we had lots of talented players if happily move on.
2. If we had not just spent £25m on a player in the same position Geri occupies who's just basically had a career ending injury then I'd be less bothered about him moving.
3. If we could afford a top talented wide man to replace him if be happy.
4. Geri plays for the best U21 team in world football (there or there about) and he's the stand out player.
5. Lennon, Cleverley and McGeady are fit and still can't really lace Geri's boots, yet we pay them a wage.
6. Gibson is on the wage bill.
7. Geri has potential to be worth massive money (£20-40m) yet, if we sell him now, we will be extremely lucky to get anything like double figures.
He has to sort his shit out, no doubt about that, but for me talented players should be worked with as if not we will have another Mustafi, Deir situation on our hands were we get nothing for a player who is soon afterwards worth massive money.
If Usmanov jumps on board then cool, but if were still working on a shoestring, then I want to give talented players more chances than Gibson, McGeady and Cleverley.
24 Posted 07/01/2017 at 01:06:35
That, in tandem with the comment that he wouldn't let him go "at the moment" suggests Koeman has made his mind up about him. Prematurely, in my opinion.
25 Posted 07/01/2017 at 01:20:08
Match fitness is only gained through matches....
26 Posted 07/01/2017 at 08:46:31
27 Posted 07/01/2017 at 08:52:46
28 Posted 07/01/2017 at 09:25:19
30 Posted 07/01/2017 at 10:55:49
I don't buy Koeman's reason for not letting him go at the moment is because of Gueye going to the ACON and injuries to Calvert Lewin. He has preferred to play Mirallas and Lennon and Valencia instead of Deulofeu, so will he play him today? I suspect not... and he wont play him next week either. So just let the lad go.
31 Posted 07/01/2017 at 13:14:52
Yet, he's not allowed to leave. Baffling.
32 Posted 07/01/2017 at 16:25:33
33 Posted 07/01/2017 at 17:05:01
34 Posted 08/01/2017 at 14:04:31
35 Posted 08/01/2017 at 14:11:35
36 Posted 08/01/2017 at 20:18:42
I agree, I think Barkley should be dropped deeper. He isn't a creator, but he is an engine and a good box to box player, he proved it a few times last year. He still has a great boot and could hit them in from far kind of like Cabaye.
Let Deulofeu try a shot at playmaker behind Rom and see what happens. He can't do any worse then Barkley.
38 Posted 09/01/2017 at 23:48:01
Mind you, before they go I'd like to see some of the deadwood go first. Preferred inbound would be a tall, strong and fast central defender to replace Jagielka and a quality defensive midfielder to replace Gareth (or why not play young Davies as a first choice?). If we can find the right one, an attacking partner (accent on "partner") to pair up with Rom would be a beaut!
39 Posted 11/01/2017 at 07:37:19