By Amir Mir
AC Milan are just 11/10 to sign Everton ace Gerard Deulofeu in the January window, according to the latest betting odds.
Leading bookmaker Sky Bet have the European giants at close to evens for the 22-year-old to sign before February 3.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claimed on Tuesday that the Serie A club have tabled an official offer to sign the highly-rated winger.
It is said that Milan are waiting for a response from Everton but have been encouraged by the stance of the player who wants to leave.
Deulofeu has played 13 Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup games for the Toffees this season, supplying just one assist.
Additionally, the former Barcelona man has started just four of those matches, most recently the 3-2 defeat at Watford in early December.
The other team in the running for the attacker’s signature is Premier League side Middlesbrough who are at odds of 8/1.
According to the Daily Star, the former La Liga player is on £48,000-a-week at the Merseyside club.
Deulofeu signed for the Blues during the summer of 2015 when he made a £5million switch from his boyhood club Barcelona.
During his time in England, he has impressed the neutrals with his quick feet and trickery but he has not been able to deliver that on a consistent basis.
Overall, Deulofeu has played 75 games in all competitions for the Premier League club, scoring eight goals and supplying 19 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
It seems a two-horse race as to whether AC Milan will sign Gerard Deulofeu or he will remain at Goodison Park. The most likely outcome could see him depart the club as he has fallen down Ronald Koeman’s pecking order this season. The Dutchman is looking to strengthen his squad during this window, but he will also be aware that freeing the wage bill at the other end will help. Deulofeu signing for Milan would be a magnificent move for the club as the Italian side try and return to compete with Europe’s elite – signing potential future stars, will only help aid that ambition. Everton fans should be hoping that he is just loaned out though, to return for next season. As they’ll know if they were following pre-season, he has a huge amount of potential.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have reportedly tabled a bid of £15.6m for this enforcer who is being pursued by Chelsea.