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Deulofeu set for Barca return?

| Saturday, 08 April 2017  28 Comments  [Jump to last]
Gerard Deulofeu could be on his way back to his boyhood club Barcelona amid reports in Italy that the Blaugrana have activated the buy-back clause they negotiated with Everton.

The 23-year-old was frozen out of the Blues' first team earlier this season after struggling to impress manager Ronald Koeman but has been enjoying a new lease on life on loan at AC Milan.

His performances in Serie A led to a recall to the senior Spain team over the last international break but Milan's hopes of securing a permanent transfer for Deulofeu could be scuppered by Barça if a claim made by Mundo Deportivo has any substance.

Barcelona can buy Deulofeu back for €12m (£10m) this summer but are forbidden from selling him on for at least a year. Everton would also be entitled to a significant sell-on fee if the Catalonians do decide to transfer him out again after that.

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:27:56
I reckon this is more media bullshit to be honest. Seems the media are full of it no matter where they're from, or based.
Daniel Lawrence
2 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:31:12
I'd be surprised if they don't buy him back. He'll be immediately sold on to Milan for more than the buy back amount.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:42:02
Heard he's been brilliant in Italy. I always wanted him to succeed with us but, if the manager has no patience with him, at least we make a tidy profit.

WTF has happened to Lookman? Has he developed leprosy or something?

Gary Willock
4 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:50:07
We're crying out for someone to put pressure on Barkley for the floating role and we loan out the magician! If Barkley doesn't sign, we must tell this kid he's in, and our new Number 10.
Martin Nicholls
5 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:56:43
Daniel (#2) – they can't immediately sell him to Milan. Barca are obliged under the terms of our agreement with them to retain him in their first team squad for a year before they can sell him on.
Dan Egerton
6 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:56:55
Players like Lookman, Mirallas, and Deulofeu, provide space for Barkley. Am I the only one that's noticed that?
Kenny Smith
7 Posted 08/04/2017 at 11:14:40
Dan @ 6

I disagree – I think those players give him more options but not space. I say options he doesn't release the ball at the correct times and gets crowded out constantly no matter who we play.

Letting Deulofeu leave was a massive misjudgement by the management. Barkley would command a decent fee and offers nothing so he should of gone. I've said this loads of times before but he's never going to be a top player and the sooner we stop attempting to build a team around a second-rate footballer the sooner we can progress.

Deulofeu on the other hand has shown when given a run in a side he can do it, he's the captain of Spain's U21s, called up to the seniors and and although I'm not convinced he'll get past Suarez, Messi and Naymar to start for Barca on a regular basis, I can see him becoming a great player for someone. Sadly not Everton though.

Robert Leigh
8 Posted 08/04/2017 at 11:28:03
Martin (#2), I'm sure another couple of million to us could sort that technicality out, though I agree with you in the understanding of such a clause exists.

Dan (#6), I totally agree! I don't know why Clavert-Lewin keeps getting the nod; it means we just lump it up to him and Rom, leaving Davies and Ross to fend off second balls.

Damian (#7), why so negative? He'd go to Spurs and do bloody well, nobody wants to see that.

Jim Bennings
9 Posted 08/04/2017 at 13:53:27

Barkley wouldn't get near the Spurs team.

Have you seen their midfield this past two seasons?

You need a brain and intelligent movement to play in that team and not run down blind alleys.

Frank Crewe
10 Posted 08/04/2017 at 14:30:18
Robert just watched the Spurs v Watford game. I can really see how that Spurs side needs Ross Barkley. They pass far too quickly and shoot too often. Maybe we could swap them for Dele Alli. Of course we would need cash as well.
Dean Cooper
11 Posted 08/04/2017 at 14:42:49
Geri's not suited to the EPL. We did well to put him out on loan in a league suited to his strengths and back in the shop window.

Maybe I'm wrong and he comes back to us better than when he left. Either way I feel we're getting a positive result.

Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 08/04/2017 at 15:53:18
If the main side of your game is not defensive then most modern day managers won't want you. Well, not as many of you.
Roger Sunde
13 Posted 08/04/2017 at 17:02:58
This is some journalist that registered Deulofeu is getting playing time in Milan and made something up.

Not even worth a discussion.

James Stewart
14 Posted 08/04/2017 at 17:50:03
I'm inclined to agree. I'm out of patience with Barkley, he holds us back. He plays in such an key position and we need someone more intelligent in that role to kick us on.

Absolutely no way he would get in the Spurs side unless they sell Dele Alli.

Jim Hardin
15 Posted 08/04/2017 at 19:50:55
Wait, some posters slagged off Rom because of his gesturing at players etc, didn't they? Freaking Deulofeu taught him how to do it. It is the only stat Deulofeu leads in at Everton, gestures at teammates and refs per minute played. I thought Everton didn't have room for such a selfish-type player?

Sorry, pass on Deulofeu and wish him luck and a long career elsewhere. Instead, bring in Pulisic or Sigurdsson or Son to challenge Ross.

Mick Davies
16 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:03:32
Deulofeu was one of our most creative players: who gives a monkeys if he doesn't run back defending, we've usually got about 6/7 defensive players, plus the keeper on the pitch, and without Seamus, we won't have a gap in the right-back position. The less players we have up front, the more the opposition push up, and Corporal Jones and Co get all flustered.

I say get him back, now and build a team around HIM letting him roam free across the middle and up front (not stuck out on the wing), NOT in defence. He's a full international (and scorer), and I would hope Koeman will bite the bullet and bring him, and Niasse back: the Premier League is all about pace, and those two have it, and Gerard also possesses bags of skill.

Robin Gomme
17 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:15:11
Blimey. You'll be wanting McGeady and Cleverley back next.
Charlie Lloyd
18 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:02:57
Koeman is fairly ruthless.

Deulofeu was given chances early on but didn't really take them. He doesn't really fit as a team player who'll put a shift in either so it didn't surprise me he was shipped out. He was considered expendable along with Cleverley, Oviedo, Gibson, Kone and some others.

The lad has got talent but I think it's in the best interests of all parties if we move on and look at other players to take us forward now.

Mick Davies
19 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:01:45
Robin, I suppose you're happy with Clavert-Lewin, Barkley and whoever else we play who seems to be as creative as a colour blind artist on Prozac.
Chris Corn
20 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:03:32
Totally underwhelming during his time with us and has no stamina, but as usual he goes somewhere else and does half decent and suddenly he's better then anything we have at the club.
Gordon Crawford
21 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:05:33
Why does every thread become about Ross? No wonder he struggles to feel the love. It's almost like a witch hunt.

When you read comments like "second-rate footballer", that says it all really. I just hope he doesn't read this forum. Shameful.

Terry Underwood
22 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:33:39
Gordon (#21), haters gotta hate. I suppose as well as players we love, we also all have players we don't want to see in the team. Years ago, the player who incurred my displeasure was Geoff Nulty. Having said that, he was an Everton player and I was as incensed as anybody with Jimmy shithouse Case's tackle that fucked him up.
Michael Kenrick
23 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:38:15
Gordon, it's not a witchhunt, and Terry, please let's drop this 'haters' nonsense. You have to understand that many Evertonians must watch Barkley with a tremendous sense of disappointment, knowing what he is capable of... but also knowing that somehow it seems to have been coached out of him... and wondering why exactly such a travesty has happened to us?
John G Davies
24 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:27:49
I saw Deulofeu as a 10. He never had the stamina to play the wide position. His problem was when he got a game he tried to show his undoubted talent to dribble EVERY time he got on the ball. Trying to beat one and two defenders every time when the early pass was on.

He had a lovely defence splitting pass in him with the vision to go with it. I feel if he was given a run of games in the 10 position he would have settled into it and been a good player. Not jumping on Barkley's back but Deulofeu has far more vision in the 10 position.

Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:52:05
I think that's where you will get the most out of Gerry, John G, and it's very disappointing to me that he never got a run in the team, playing as a number ten. Imagine him picking the ball up the other night, in the positions that Ross Barkley did? I'm sure we would have created at least two proper goal scoring chances instead of continually wasting very good opportunities?

Great point, Michael, about it not being a witch-hunt, because if a player is playing for Everton, then surely we all just want the best for them, and also out of them?

Barkley, like Lukaku, is definitely improving, but until we get more naturally attacking players into our line-up, then I always think he will struggle with his decision making, simply because there is very rarely much on?

Peter Mills
26 Posted 09/04/2017 at 10:36:03
Michael (#23), well said.
Thomas Surgenor
27 Posted 09/04/2017 at 19:50:10
Scored again today.
Kieran Kinsella
28 Posted 10/04/2017 at 03:52:20

If Lookman does have leprosy maybe he can shack up with Danny Williamson who disappeared one day never to be seen again. Presumably at the leper colony.

As for Geri, Brolin and Kennet Anderson, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Marco Branca, etc made scoring look easy in Serie A. Came to the prem and stunk the place out like a Chav after a curry and carling bender. Similar story with Geri only he emptied his bowels at Goodison before munching down on the chicken korma. Why would we want him back when the brownish yellow stain is still on the carpet and the fly traps are fuller than Yakubus shirt?

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