Calciomercato.com 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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