By Alex Stevens
Everton could reach an agreement for the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu on Tuesday.
That is the verdict of long-standing AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani, who delivered an update on his club’s pursuit of the Spaniard on Monday evening.
Galliani revealed that the two clubs are in advanced talks about a loan deal that could include an option for the Serie A giants to sign the 22-year-old permanently and the decisive day will be on Tuesday.
“I don’t like to make predictions on what Milan could achieve this season, as I don’t know the future, but what happened so far is very good,” the CEO told Mediaset Premium, as quoted by Football Italia.
“We are talking for Deulofeu, but there is no agreement yet. Everton know full well we can only do loans or with option to buy. Plus there are these pro-Barcelona clauses.
“Tomorrow we will discuss it and try to find a solution, otherwise we’ll remain with the squad as we are.”
It has been widely reported that Deulofeu is pushing to leave Goodison Park after falling down the pecking order this season under Ronald Koeman.
He has made just 13 appearances in all competitions this season, spread across 569 minutes of action, which have yielded just a single assist and no goals.
The young Spaniard was not named in the Everton side that caused an upset on Sunday when they beat Manchester City 4-0 at Goodison Park.
The last time Deulofeu, who is contracted to Everton until the summer of 2018, was named in the matchday squad for a league encounter was on Boxing Day.
However, he did play 45 minutes of the Merseysiders’ 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Leicester at home nine days ago.
Everton consolidated their position of seventh in the league table with their win over City, although they are a distant 11 points off the top four.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton fans should be careful what they wish for. Supporters have got on his back in recent months and Deulofeu might not be quite to the taste of Koeman at the moment but he is young enough and good enough to still be a major performer in the Premier League. A spell on loan in Serie A could be just the ticket for the winger. He can get plenty of minutes under his belt, restore his confidence and come back to Everton next season and be a major asset to the team.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a mega striker offer.