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Barcelona 'considering' Deulofeu return

| Thursday, 20 April 2017  27 Comments  [Jump to last]
The possibility that Gerard Deulofeu might return to his boyhood club remains alive as his performances for AC Milan continue to gain attention.

Having struggled at Everton under Ronald Koeman this season, the Spaniard has enjoyed a new lease on life in Serie A, so much so that Barcelona could activate an option in the deal that took the 23-year-old to Goodison Park in a permanent deal in 2015 and sign him back for €12m.

Under the terms of the transfer, the Spanish giants had the option of signing him for €9m last summer or €12m this year but would be prohibited from selling him on for at least one season. Everton would also be due a sizeable percentage of the sell-on fee.

“The club are firmly considering the option to bring him back to play for the first team next season,” Barça's sporting director, Robert Fernandez, told Catalan station TV3 over the weekend.

There are reports in Spain, however, that Lionel Messi has told the top brass at the Nou Camp that he is against the idea of re-signing Deulofeu, indicating that the Blues' forward is not an elite-calibre player.

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Will Mabon
1 Posted 20/04/2017 at 07:31:05
If true, I'd be surprised at Messi saying that. Other than a couple of words about his on-off situation with Argentina I can't recall him saying anything contentious of note. He might think it of course!

Maybe it's due to the solid mention of "First team".

Phil Sammon
2 Posted 20/04/2017 at 08:49:19
So is Messi calling the shots on Barca's transfer dealings then?

I think he's right though, Deulofeu isn't getting in that team.

Tony Waring
3 Posted 20/04/2017 at 09:51:17
Not so sure, Phil. Did you see Barca last night labouring to unlock the Juventus defence? Even Messi was perplexed. Maybe they could have used some of Del-boy's pace to advantage...
Dave Ganley
4 Posted 20/04/2017 at 10:00:39
All of a sudden, Deloufeu is the man to unlock a great Juve defence when one of the best players in the world couldn't?

Blimey... is this the same man who couldn't cope with the likes of Stoke, Sunderland etc in the Premier League without falling over every 2 minutes? It's amazing how shorticultural some people's memory is. Couple of good crosses and he's a superstar!!

Juve would have eaten him for breakfast.

Robert Leigh
5 Posted 20/04/2017 at 11:09:42
If Barca offer the money do we have to sell? If another report on TW is to be believed, Valencia would cost us £12mil, so we'd make a loss exchanging Deulofeu for him.

I would rather have Del Boy, but think Lookman will be better than Valencia.

Brian Harrison
6 Posted 20/04/2017 at 11:24:01

Yes Barca hold all the cards regarding Deulofeu; all they have to do is to tell Everton that they are using their buy back option. They have until the end of the next transfer window to buy him back for an already agreed fee.

Dean Cooper
7 Posted 20/04/2017 at 12:53:33
Dave @ 4
Couldn't have worded it better myself
Don Alexander
8 Posted 20/04/2017 at 13:08:16
Fans of this lad make me wonder if there's two Deloufeu's, the one who consistently flattered to deceive for us and and an identical twin that's making Lionel Messi worry about starting!

Let's be serious, does anyone think Chelsea, Spurs, City, Utd, Arsenal or Liverpool would have even the vaguest wish to sign him?

But some us still apparently think he'd deserve a place in our team. Weird!

Peter Lee
9 Posted 20/04/2017 at 13:37:05
When he was at Swansea, Williams talked up Deulofeu in terms of his ability to pick and make a pass and to dig a cross out from under his feet.

He was right. But then he was explaining away why he got caught napping on a cross from which we scored.

Deulofeu is a fantastically talented player about whom I have doubts – but they don't matter. The manager appears not to fancy him, as he doesn't fancy Aaron Lennon, who I have few doubts about. They are both available for sale.

Mark Stone
10 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:37:07
Mark Stone
11 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:41:01
Deulofeu looked okay against Juventus when AC Milan played them a few weeks ago. They got beat 2-1, but he set up AC Milan's goal nicely and generally did well.
Jim Hardin
12 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:47:11
Watched his performance at the Inter - AC Milan derby and it was too much of the same old Deulofeu. He was out on the left side, never tracked back, walked around and stood around often flapping his gums and hands at the refs and teammates. Funny that people would want him back when those are the characteristics, that probably, some of those same people cite in a desire to get rid of Rom as a bad apple and lazy player, etc.

He continued his habit of losing the ball to one defender, without drawing or forcing a double-team. He did his usual flopping trying to coax a card or free kick. The ref looked to have a word with him after a particularly petulant dive at the end line and the usual arms outstretched whine at the ref for a foul and card (neither of which were given and rightly so).

Take the money for him and spend it on Sigurdsson.

Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 20/04/2017 at 14:53:57
Don (#8); Don't know about the clubs you mention but AC Milan and Barcelona seem to rate him.
Anthony Hawkins
14 Posted 20/04/2017 at 16:22:40
The only reason Barca would want to buy him back is if they thought they could sell him for more than £10m.
Don Alexander
15 Posted 20/04/2017 at 16:30:50
Alan, for the moment we've no need to worry about playing those two teams. The lad is a second-rate Angel di Maria to me, okay to good in a brilliant team that's doing well but nowhere to be seen in the muck-and-bullets of a Premier League match and, as an aside, I'll take a trip to the Town Hall steps if any of the other six sign him!
Robert Leigh
16 Posted 20/04/2017 at 17:16:02
Anthony (#13),

Agree with that. Much like us, if he continues to do well I'm not happy with €12mil, but he isn't missed from our point of view.

Like seeing Lookman and Calvert-Lewin given a chance, but when we need to start on fire I wouldn't want to lean on them.

Thorghen Hazard anyone?

Brian Furey
17 Posted 20/04/2017 at 22:11:01
I know Barca can't sell him for one year but can they loan him out again? You could see them by him back at £10M which in the new recent market he's probably worth £20M when you consider Bolasie was £24M odd.

I'd say the Spanish cap certainly has helped his case but, either way, I doubt he's coming back to us.

John Pierce
18 Posted 20/04/2017 at 23:06:23
The fact we are even discussing both Geri and Valencia means too many Evertonians haven't moved on.

Ambition needs to be shown be all associated with the club. They are good players, but it ends there. Not worthy of consideration for next year.

Everton will be targeting players who can last 90minutes and be geniune game changers. Both players have that in their locker but only flickeringly.

Time to stop discussing small fry and move to the main courses that need to be acquired.

Thomas Surgenor
19 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:10:45
Brian (#17).

No they can't loan him out. Roberto explained the terms of the deal in that Geri had to remain part of Barcelona first team for a season. If Barcelona do end up selling him, Everton are entitled to a healthy chunk of any profit.

I remember at the time thinking that this was a masterstroke.

Brian Wilkinson
20 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:48:08
Thomas@19 spot on, for all Bobby Brownshoes faults, he made sure of those clauses inserted, he dug his heels in with the John Stones, Lukaku, Baines and Fellaini miserly bids. Not all doom and gloom for Bobby, may have ripped us off for £10 million, but small price to pay.

I'm pretty sure had Moyes been at the helm, both Lukaku and Stones would have been sold at much lower prices, in fact probably not... Stones would still be in the U23s and Kone in attack with Lukaku still at Chelsea.

We have now moved forward with a new and better manager, have funds in place to move forward.

Whether Del Boy returns or not, the future is looking great for Everton Football Club.

Alan J Thompson
21 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:23:10
Don (#15); What does playing AC Milan and Barcelona have to do with it and as I said why judge a player on who won't sign him? I suppose your "muck & bullets" comment means you would prefer all defensive midfielders?

Where Alex Young would figure in your preferred line up I couldn't really guess. Yeah, right, different times. A bit like comparing Best to Messi, eh.

Don Alexander
22 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:53:45
Alan, Barca and AC association derived from you, not me, so maybe you need to ask yourself.

This summer and beyond I really hope we cast off the nearly-men image we've endured for decades when it comes to signing top players, that's all.

I'm not conceited enough to expect anyone to read all (or even any of) my postings but you make it clear you've read nothing I've ever typed if you believe I want a team full of defensive midfielders.

Apart from that, well done, spot on! :)

David Hallwood
23 Posted 21/04/2017 at 13:03:34
Shorticulture? Brilliant portmanteau. BTW it would be interesting how "I want Champions League" Lukaku would fare against that Juve defence.
Nicholas Ryan
24 Posted 21/04/2017 at 15:28:40
Don't the Welsh league winners get into the Champions League? Then you might find Rom starring against BAE Broughton, or The New Saints!
David Graves
25 Posted 21/04/2017 at 15:35:26

Congratulations, David, for the word of the day.

Jim Hardin
26 Posted 21/04/2017 at 23:24:34
Brian W,

Since Kone was not a Moyes player or acquisition, perhaps you meant Lukaku still at Chelsea and Super Kev and Anichebe or Naismith in attack?

Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 23/04/2017 at 16:05:14
Don (#22);

Lyndon mentioned the two teams in question in the initial piece and you raised the matter of playing them. No, don't remember your views previously posted but neither of us would be alone there.

It was your "muck & bullets" comment that gave me the impression that you considered muscle was more important than skill.

I think the 'nearly men' image came with the Chairman and early on it was the 'nearly relegated men'.

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