Gerard Deulofeu will play in England next year for Roberto Martinez’s Everton side.
Barcelona’s young Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu will spend the next season on loan at Everton, despite interest from other clubs, according to AS.
The Spanish publication claims Deulofeu’s agent Deugines Carval is currently in Liverpool trying to finalise a deal with the Blue half of Merseyside.
The 19-year-old wing-forward is highly regarded at Barcelona, and scored 18 goals in 33 league matches for the club’s B team last season. He is still behind many established internationals in the Barcelona first-team squad though, and the signing of £50m superstar Neymar means Deulofeu will be unlikely to see any first team football if he were to remain at the Catalan club.
Signing Deaulofeu would be a fantastic coup for Everton, and signal Roberto Martinez’s attacking intentions.
The arrival of Martinez has possibly helped Everton seal the deal, as the Spaniard is known for his short-passing attractive brand of football. Barcelona would be keen to send the talented youngster on loan to a team who shares their passing football mentality. Despite failing to prevent Wigan’s relegation last season, Martinez won many admirers with his footballing philosophy, which led to an FA Cup trophy last term.
According to Marca, Barcelona had favoured their promising youngster moving to Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, but the move fell collapsed as the German side were only interested in taking on Deulofeu permanently.
Alternatively, Marca also state that Deulofeu could move to Sevilla, after hearing positive things about the club from former Barcelona B team-mate Luis Alberto.
If Deulefeu completed a move to Everton however, he would join the exciting Alberto, who joined Liverpool earlier in the summer for £6.8 million, on Merseyside.
The moves demonstrate the footballing philosophical approach that Liverpool and Everton managers Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez wish to bring to their respective clubs.
The days where a battling David Moyes’ Everton side could take on Roy Hodgson’s defensive Liverpool side are very much in the past.