By Matt Farr
Everton attacker Gerard Deulofeu is set to make a decision on his future following the upcoming international fixtures.
The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with Spain, but is facing an uncertain future at domestic level with Everton ahead of the summer transfer window.
Deulofeu fell out-of-favour with Everton manager Ronald Koeman last season, and made just 13 appearances in all competitions before being shipped-off to AC Milan on loan in January.
The Spaniard was a reasonable success during his time in Italy, adding four goals and three assists from his 17 matches.
But it remains to be seen if Everton will hand Deulofeu a key first-team role upon his return to Goodison Park this summer, and the player admits he could be in for a “busy summer”.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Maybe sometimes I’ve thought too much in the future. I’m living a very good moment in football and in the personal field, I’m calm.
“I have to think about the national team right now and then I have to choose the best option. It will be a busy summer in my case but I’m calm and everything will work out for sure.
“I’m going through a good football and personal moment. Let me enjoy it, my future will be decided.”
Deulofeu moved to Everton from Barcelona in 2015, but the La Liga giants are understood to be interested in bringing him back this summer.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez had revealed to Catalan station TV3 back in April that the Spanish club were considering a deal that would see Deulofeu return to the Nou Camp.
They have a buy-back option inserted into the winger’s contract that allows them to sign him for just £10.2million, and a deal could be done this summer.
A decision on his future could come after Spain’s upcoming international friendly with Colombia on Wednesday, and their World Cup qualifier against Macedonia that follows on Sunday.
Football Insider verdict
There is something that Koeman does not seem to like about Deulofeu, but if he is good enough to be considered by Barcelona, then surely he is good enough for Everton? The Toffees aren’t exactly blessed with top-class talent in the wider areas, with impressive youngster Ademola Lookman still not yet cut-out for a regular first-team role. But Deulofeu could easily be of great value to Koeman and Everton next term with his pace and delivery, and they should resist the urge to sell him this summer. The spell at AC Milan may have helped him rediscover some of his best form, and he could be ready to be unleashed again on in the Premier League.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are reportedly in the race to sign this French midfield wonderkid after an impressive season.