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Mixed reports concerning Deulofeu's future

| Thursday, 09 March 2017  18 Comments  [Jump to last]
Gerard Deulofeu will return to Everton at the end of the season or possibly sign for AC Milan on a permanent basis, depending on which Italian outlet is making the claim. in Italy are reporting that Milan will opt instead to sign Deulofeu's countryman, Cristian Tello, who is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Fiorentina.

In a separate, "exclusive" report on the same website, however, Milan have apparently made up their minds to sign Deulofeu on a permanent basis in the summer following his positive impact at the San Siro since arriving there on loan from Goodison in January.

They assert that Milan's top brass have already approached Barça to get clearance to acquire him from Everton.

Assuming there is any truth in the latter suggestion — it's worth noting that the takeover of the Rossoneri by a Chinese consortium has still not gone through, limiting their ability to commit to any new transfers — Barcelona could yet complicate their efforts to sign Deulofeu as they still have an #euro;12m option on the winger who turns 23 on Monday.

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 09/03/2017 at 22:36:42
Be interesting to see what transpires. Worst case scenario sees us net €12 million minimum as, if we don't intend to keep him and Barca don't take up their option (can't see it), then we should set the price at the Barca option (at least) for anyone else buying.

Personally I think he's worth more than that.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 09/03/2017 at 22:46:18
If he comes back with a better attitude, he could become a very good player for us.
Barry McNally
3 Posted 09/03/2017 at 23:17:31
More like 12 million Lira!
Brian Wilkinson
4 Posted 10/03/2017 at 05:42:20
The contract states Barcelona cannot sign him back then sell on straight away, as far as I am aware they cannot sell him on until 12 months later if they take up the option to buy back.

I cannot see Ronnie keeping the player so, if a decent offer comes in, he will be sold.

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 10/03/2017 at 07:44:59
He is a very good player, so never mind "he could become one".
Kevin Jones
6 Posted 10/03/2017 at 08:10:03
He's not a very good player, Alan... "He's a very naughty boy!"
Jon Withey
7 Posted 10/03/2017 at 08:48:25
We've been better since he left – not necessarily because he left – but we don't especially miss him.
Aidan Wade
8 Posted 10/03/2017 at 09:39:02
I think Deulofeu falls into the Rodriguez category, dazzling ability but inconsistent and ultimately seems destined to never quite reach the potential he promises in those flashes.

I would only be disappointed if he winds up leaving on a free after a couple of years of loans. With Mirallas, Barkley, Lookman and Bolasie, competing for the 2-3 berths behind Rom, he wouldn't get much game time here in the next 18 months.

Bob Parrington
9 Posted 10/03/2017 at 10:25:15
Que sera, sera. Whatever will be will eventually be.

Is there any point in debating what the Italian Papers write??

Paul Mackie
10 Posted 10/03/2017 at 11:16:14
I suspect that whether or not Deulofeu returns will be based on whether or not we qualify for European competition. If we do then we'll need the numbers, if not then I think he'll leave as it's clear Koeman doesn't rate him.
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 10/03/2017 at 15:06:52
I liked Deulofeu when he first came here in 2013 on loan, with Martinez promising we had signed a player to get us off our seats... Sadly though we have only ever seen brief glimpses here and there and late substitute cameo performances.

I think Gerry became too predictable last season... don't get me wrong – he whipped in a wicked cross but his reluctance to try and beat his man and get to the byline more with his pace frustrates.

Gerard Deulofeu in a nutshell was last season when he sent over a peach of a cross for Funes Mori to head in a 90th minute (or what we thought) at Chelsea, but it was Gerry's cheap naive mistake which gave the ball away for the Chelsea equaliser.

He then had a great chance at Manchester City in the 2nd leg of the League Cup Semi Final to kill the tie and take us to Wembley but fluffed his lines.

I think Koeman made his mind up after that Spurs game on the opening day, yet another great chance missed to put us 2-0 up in a game we drew 1-1.

Mike Berry
12 Posted 11/03/2017 at 08:44:16
No doubt talented but does not have Ronald's work ethic – otherwise, he would still be in a blue shirt.

A show pony who we could get good money for and probably will...

Barry Jones
13 Posted 11/03/2017 at 19:54:31
He is a very talented but needs more coaching. I would have thought that this was just the type of project that Koeman would relish.
Clive Rogers
14 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:20:04
A bit of a one-trick pony. Always wants to go onto his right foot which is soon sussed by Premier League defenders.
Geoff Lambert
15 Posted 12/03/2017 at 16:24:37
"One-trick pony"

Bollocks!! The lad has bags of skill and can always create a goal while getting the crowd to their feet.

Clive Rogers
16 Posted 12/03/2017 at 21:38:23

Not in Koeman's opinion, apparently.

Brian Furey
17 Posted 14/03/2017 at 11:35:47
He is playing really well for them. He is working much harder there than he was for us and he seems to be enjoying his football again. Most of the fans really rate him highly and can't understand why we were saying things like he was lazy and can't play a full 90 mins.

He's been their man of the match in a couple of games but I just think he's trying much harder as he really wants to move their and like's their style of football more. I think they will make a big bid for him at the end of the year but they also seem very interested in Lukaku and if they get this Chinese takeover sorted they'll have millions to spend.

You could see Geri telling Rom who good life is there in Milan and he should come join him.

Craig Walker
18 Posted 14/03/2017 at 12:51:47
Jim @11. Spot on. Great on his day but his day wasn't often enough.

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