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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1 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:27:56
2 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:31:12
3 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:42:02
WTF has happened to Lookman? Has he developed leprosy or something?
4 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:50:07
5 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:56:43
6 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:56:55
7 Posted 08/04/2017 at 11:14:40
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.
8 Posted 08/04/2017 at 11:28:03
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.
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.
10 Posted 08/04/2017 at 14:30:18
11 Posted 08/04/2017 at 14:42:49
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.
12 Posted 08/04/2017 at 15:53:18
13 Posted 08/04/2017 at 17:02:58
Not even worth a discussion.
14 Posted 08/04/2017 at 17:50:03
Absolutely no way he would get in the Spurs side unless they sell Dele Alli.
15 Posted 08/04/2017 at 19:50:55
Sorry, pass on Deulofeu and wish him luck and a long career elsewhere. Instead, bring in Pulisic or Sigurdsson or Son to challenge Ross.
16 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:03:32
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.
17 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:15:11
18 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:02:57
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.
19 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:01:45
20 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:03:32
21 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:05:33
When you read comments like "second-rate footballer", that says it all really. I just hope he doesn't read this forum. Shameful.
22 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:33:39
23 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:38:15
24 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:27:49
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.
25 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:52:05
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?
26 Posted 09/04/2017 at 10:36:03
27 Posted 09/04/2017 at 19:50:10
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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