Paul Joyce of The Times, who has an impressive track record when it comes to reports about Everton, tweeted earlier that Deulofeu will be heading back to the Nou Camp in a £10.5m deal this summer.
Barcelona negotiated an option to purchase the Spaniard back from Everton after the first or second year of his permanent contract at Goodison Park and while former boss Luis Enrique wasn't interested, it seems as though incoming manager Ernesto Valverde wants Deulofeu back with the Blaugrana.
There had been suggestions from some media sources that the 23-year-old wasn't that keen on going back to his old stomping ground, preferring to stay in Italy where he enjoyed a fairly successful loan spell with AC Milan.
With no offer forthcoming at the San Siro, however, and Ronald Koeman seemingly unconvinced that he has a long-term future at Everton, it appears as though a return to his boyhood club makes the most sense.
Should the transfer go through, it would represent a profit to the Toffees of over £6m and, under the terms of the original deal, Barça are barred from selling Deulofeu on for at least a year.
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1 Posted 19/06/2017 at 05:29:45
The player trading profit will add to our new wage bill. Ding!
I saw a player who had some eye opening cameos, coupled with a poor attitude but most fatally an inability to grasp the physicality of the Premier League.
Would it surprise me if we saw more from him in Spain or Italy, no the talent is there for sure, however his spells at Sevilla and Everton seem more typical than his spell at AC Milan.
2 Posted 19/06/2017 at 05:45:11
Another lad who should be worried is Mirallas. Time to shit or get off the pot, lad. Plenty of talent but no consistency, how long is Ron gonna put up with that?
3 Posted 19/06/2017 at 05:47:02
Never a Premier League player. Let's hope we can get some players in that have the right attitude and want to play for Everton FC.
4 Posted 19/06/2017 at 06:12:53
No, they can not buy him back and sell him. Maybe next year, but not this year. He wouldn't be the first player to not make it at one club or in one league but be a success at another.
In fact, we've benefited from plenty of those players, Arteta to name one. I still feel like he could have helped us last season but oh well.
5 Posted 19/06/2017 at 06:20:57
Instead of looking what they can't do and trying to coach it into them, why not take their strengths and improve them? Allow others to do the grafting
6 Posted 19/06/2017 at 06:32:05
7 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:05:01
8 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:09:03
You'll never coach defensive awareness into his game. Some erratic talent but too petulant.
Koeman is going for tougher players physically and mentally at some expense of mercurial types. Let's not forget though that the Mourinho Chelsea version has achieved more than the Wenger Arsenal version.
As much as Deulofeu has talent he is not the answer to take us forward and making a profit of £6m is fairly good business.
9 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:09:04
10 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:18:01
Yes, he has flaws that probably stop him from being a consist starter in Koeman's XI but, if it were up to me, I'd keep around; if nothing else, to bring him on in tight games which might need a mercurial moment.
11 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:23:15
No way he would fit into Koeman's pressing game, so that's another off the wage bill and another £10m back in the kitty. This transfer business is easy, hey?
12 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:28:58
Yes he needed to improve his physical and defensive aspects. However the biggest miss was Martinez and may be other players not being able to read all his brilliant crosses.
The "get to the by line and pass to the near post and 6-yard box" play was something that we missed a big trick with. A Defoe type rather than a Rom type would have had a field day as would a Frank Lampard running late into the box dare I say a Davy Klaassen type would have seen and relished getting onto those balls.
We minimised his strengths and maximised his weaknesses.
13 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:32:01
Koeman now needs to concentrate on shipping in some players who can score and create goals from the flanks; looking at the present squad, where are the goals going to come from?
14 Posted 19/06/2017 at 07:41:06
I thought that this is supposed to be one of Sandro's strengths?
15 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:01:45
I don't know who was primarily responsible for all these terms but it was one heck of a deal. I had hoped he would stay though.
16 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:08:24
17 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:11:17
Have you seen Sandro in and Everton shirt yet? When or if he signs, then we'll see if it's one of his strengths or not. I'd have kept Deulofeu myself.
18 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:26:54
I wanted him to be better, he's had more lives than a lucky cat, but ultimately if we want to progress, he isn't good enough.
Best of luck wherever you go, Geri. There'll be a league somewhere where you will shine.
19 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:32:55
Good luck, Geri.
20 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:35:17
The deal included the buy-back clause on the condition that Geri was included in Barca's first team squad for at least a season and couldn't be sold for at least a season.
21 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:40:27
22 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:46:06
23 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:46:12
If he had played for one of our rivals, we would have despised him. He will eke out a living somewhere but not here.
24 Posted 19/06/2017 at 08:54:45
Just a thought.
25 Posted 19/06/2017 at 09:15:18
Thanks for the profit.
And who did negotiate that deal? Can't have been Bill or Bobby as they cannot negotiate anything.
26 Posted 19/06/2017 at 09:32:31
27 Posted 19/06/2017 at 09:44:55
28 Posted 19/06/2017 at 10:12:28
29 Posted 19/06/2017 at 10:31:30
I liked him and I think he 'got' us so a shame he never played to a consistently good level.
Good luck Del (but please cut the fake injury acting out of your game).
30 Posted 19/06/2017 at 10:36:41
31 Posted 19/06/2017 at 10:53:57
32 Posted 19/06/2017 at 10:55:47
I know he doesn't track back, but I don't feel we have used him enough in a central role, where he could make runs through on goal. He has been banging them in for Spain Under-21s, and is now their captain. Surely there's a good player in there somewhere.
I would have liked to see him playing just off Rom.
In any case, it's a reasonable deal for the boy if he is not wanted. I just think we will struggle to buy a better player then him for £10 million. And he gave us something different...
33 Posted 19/06/2017 at 11:05:17
Someone will find a way to use him effectively, it was just never going to be us. Never really fitted in with our style of play.
I'll still keep an eye out for him.
34 Posted 19/06/2017 at 11:06:38
A part of me is sad to see these type of players frozen out of the game by the stereotypical 6-pack 400-meter runner.
Give me quality over perspiration any day but in reality modern day football is all about workrate and arguably less about the art of the dribble.
Good luck to the lad; let's face it, he isn't being sent back to Accrington Stanley, is he?
35 Posted 19/06/2017 at 11:17:22
37 Posted 19/06/2017 at 11:26:40
There's no doubting when he does what he does well he's exciting, but unfortunately those moments are few and far between.
It's not about him having to become an automaton or a workhorse but it is about him being effective and it's about percentages. You have to weigh up how much he's in the game for how many games.
Answer is not enough on both counts.
38 Posted 19/06/2017 at 11:33:42
39 Posted 19/06/2017 at 12:35:26
I cannot see him being any different back at Barça except as a bit-part player.
40 Posted 19/06/2017 at 12:42:37
A top lad who did a lot off the field with the local hospitals to help the spirits of some of the City's children. If indeed he is on his way, I'd say thanks and best of luck to the lad.
41 Posted 19/06/2017 at 12:46:01
Unfortunately, as Rob above states, huge amounts of skill, minimal lung capacity (rumours are that he's a smoker).
Not one to put the blame at the board's door too much if Barça have decided to invoke the clause. we all knew it was there just didn't expect it to happen.
It's a shame, would have been nice to keep him and let him flourish in a more central, defensive-free role.
Not enough end product and I hated the diving and moaning too.
42 Posted 19/06/2017 at 13:06:38
43 Posted 19/06/2017 at 13:12:03
What you say reminds me of Raheem Sterling to a tee. So much possession and no end-product and yet still, for some unknown reason, rated by Man City and England.
44 Posted 19/06/2017 at 13:20:56
Against diving habit (at a time where our non-diving set us apart from most).
Hired to beat his man, not track back; judged on that alone, he didn't do enough for us. But he might do for Barça, it seems.
45 Posted 19/06/2017 at 13:49:39
46 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:03:23
47 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:12:16
48 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:32:36
To me, this sums up the lad very well. He has played for the U21s for 5 years. He started with them in 2012 when he was 18 and has remained at that level ever since.
Some reporters seem to think he's done well at Milan but like most clubs he's moved to, he starts off well and puts in some effort but soon becomes his old self and often has no final product.
I think Barca know that £10M that was agreed a few years ago is really worth a lot more now and so they will either play him in the B team or can they loan him out for a year with a view to selling him after the one year agreement is fulfilled.
To me, he's the exact type of player that Koeman doesn't like in that he won't work hard for the team and is too quick to give up. Klaassen probably doesn't have half his speed, skill or potential but is a hell of a lot more effective.
49 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:48:56
Since he left, we have missed him... in the final 15 minutes of perhaps four games. That's not enough.
Time to stop thinking about what might have been; wish this nice young man the best and close the door.
50 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:13:17
I was hoping he was going to mature and become a better all round player. Surely the fitness coaches have a responsibility to ensure he gets to the right level.
Anyway good luck to him wherever he goes still a player that I would pay to watch.
51 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:48:49
52 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:49:29
There isn't a player at the club capable of reproducing what Deulofeu can. He evidently doesn't conform to the template Koeman wishes to apply to the team.
There is more to football than your greatest attribute being to run for 90 minutes all over the pitch.
I for one will miss him and what he can add to our game.
53 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:56:04
Everton FC have first buy rights deal. Barça can't sell him on for big money if we want him back. Also, if we do lose him, we get a huge percentage on the deal. I think it's like 30% or maybe more.
54 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:11:32
Like most, I cannot feel satisfied if I feel we are standing still, but I do believe we are starting to make real progress and are finally moving in the right direction.
55 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:42:33
56 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:50:22
Not good enough when you look at the whole package,and the needs of the team, we will take the money and move on. I wish him well and I am sure he will do better in Spain.
57 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:41:07
I would have liked to have seen us bring out the best in Deulofeu and I see Barca as another waste of time for him.
If Fabregas at the top of his game can'tget respect or trust at Barca its hard to see Deulofeu breaking into their amazing attack.
Not sure we are back to the Moyes days but these run around players cannot produce quality enough over a season and the majority of our fans prefer the duracell bunny approach.
I think it needs mixing more to be successful.
58 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:03:25
Fair well Geri, I hope you succeed.
Anyone any news on Sandro?
59 Posted 19/06/2017 at 20:41:49
In my opinion, since the Moyes days a lot of our fans became accustomed to the Andy Johnson types and no matter what Lukaku or Deulofeu produce, they will never get respect from some fans because they aren't at a point to impress every week like Marcus Bent (who had no quality).
I appreciate its hard for a manager to balance that blend in a team but plenty have shown its managable. If we were away at old trafford and its a tight 0-0, I would still fancy Deulofeu in any form to put the most dangerous balls into their box. Yes, before Gana, Schneiderlin, Calvert-Lewin, Mirallas and Bolasie.
60 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:36:07
Interestingly he went on to say that they actually need him this year and he'll get some decent game time. Part of the reasoning is due to Barca's ownership setup and the funding that goes along with it. Barca can really only make one to two big signing a year due to big deals needing votes from all members.
Monreal from Arsenal and Dembele from Dortmund are supposedly going to be the big name this year as they are in desperate need of strengthening. The reporter went on to say that with all the focus on the front 3 over the last 3-4 years, the rest of the team is a bit dodgy.
With Deulofeu, they get a cheapish forward who knows the club and knows the system. Having those forward players around him will help him shine and probably earn him another big move after a year or so once Barca identifies a successor to Messi. Which will be good for us as we will get some of the fee with the sell on clause.
61 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:38:04
Yes, call me inconsistent, irrational and you're correct. Still can see him wheeling away in Royal Blue after scoring a late killer winner.
I don't want to see him go.
62 Posted 19/06/2017 at 22:06:01
1) Minutes after Lukaku scores his second goal to put us in front against Liverpool, Deulofeu was clean through to clinch the game. He missed it.
2) Early in the second half in the semi final 2nd leg at the Etihad, Deulofeu was through on goal to put us back in front. He missed.
3) Deulofeu gets tackled. He loses the ball He waves his hand in the air.
4) He can't last a game. That's a top-level professional footballer. Can't last 90 minutes.
I'd love it if he was better. He isn't. We're making a profit. We'll buy more effective players. Good business for me.
63 Posted 19/06/2017 at 22:32:09
That being said, I felt like he had a golden opportunity to establish himself at the start of this past season and did little to take advantage of it. I suspect Koeman had already written him off, but with Barcelona triggering the buy-back clause, it's now a moot point the decision is out of our hands, so there's nothing really to dwell on.
Hard to believe there's a good chance that, in the span of a year, we could lose Stones, Deulofeu, Barkley and Lukaku (the core of young talent some claimed was the envy of the league) and possibly be better off for it (depending on how the rest of the summer plays out).
64 Posted 19/06/2017 at 23:56:12
We have the Spain U21 captain, an exciting young player who can be coached. Big European sides want him; we should keep him if we can
65 Posted 19/06/2017 at 09:04:16
Didn't do anything at Everton or Seville but captains the Spain U21s.
He'll find a level on the continent but the Premier League is not for him.
Cheers for the (few) memories.
66 Posted 20/06/2017 at 10:24:36
Good luck to him.
67 Posted 20/06/2017 at 18:59:50
68 Posted 20/06/2017 at 19:03:20
Is he upset because he's not controlling the message?
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Carvajal was angry when reports appeared on Monday highlighting Barcas interest.
Deulofeu is currently concentrating on captaining Spain Under-21s at the European Championships.
Two weeks ago Blues boss Ronald Koeman said that he hadnt ruled out Deulofeu returning to pre-season training with Everton.
Gotta love the Transfer Window... where Fake News was Fake News even before there was Fake News.
69 Posted 20/06/2017 at 19:13:37
70 Posted 20/06/2017 at 19:15:43
71 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:39:59
So are we able to sell Deulofeu directly to Milan after the end of the month if he doesn't want to go back to Catalonia.
Or is there some clause stating that we have to give Barça so much of the fee and can we in fact sell him ourselves this summer?
72 Posted 21/06/2017 at 02:54:44
That's what we all (me included) said about Barkley, and look what's happened with that. We Evertonians deserve better. We demand success now.
73 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:28:49
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