Barcelona are close to deciding to exercise their option to resign winger Gerard Deulofeu for €12m from Everton, say reports in Spain.
Diario Sport state the club have been hugely impressed by the 23-year-old’s recent performances since joining AC Milan on loan in January and starring in Spain’s 2-0 victory in Paris on Tuesday night – winning a penalty and scoring a goal.
The Blaugrana included a buyback clause when selling Deulofeu to Everton in the summer of 2015 for €12m, but this option expires on June 30 and the report believes they have been suitably impressed to trigger the deal, with director Robert Fernandez stating last week a deal was a genuine possibility.
Whilst the club do not view the diminutive winger as having the ability to push for a regular starting berth in their side, they are confident that the transfer fee is significantly lower than his true market value and as such is both a low-risk signing and in probability, a profitable one.
Outgoing Coach Luis Enrique was said to be not a big fan of Deulofeu, whom he sold despite impressing in pre-season and a new manager may see him as a bigger part of his plans.
The report concludes that the former Sevilla loanee is enjoying life in Milan, and could be tempted by a permanent deal while rivals Inter and Juventus are also said to be interested.