By Aramide Oladipo
New Barcelona recruit Gerard Deulofeu has told the La Liga giants to sign his former Everton teammate Ross Barkley this summer, according to a report.
Don Balon reports that the Spaniard has held discussions with Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez and urged him to bring the 23-year-old to the Camp Nou next season.
The Spanish outlet claims that Deulofeu has informed the club that Barkley might not have a long-term future at Goodison Park and he could potentially be a cheaper option than summer target Marco Verratti who currently plies his trade with Paris Saint-Germain.
The report claims that Manchester United are interested in securing Barkley’s signature this summer and Deulofeu has told the club to act quickly before the Englishman is no longer available on the market.
Although the Englishman has been constantly linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer, Sky Sports recently reported that Everton have not receive a single approach for the Liverpudlian.
Barkley was a regular in the Everton first-team last season, making a total of 39 appearances in all competitions and contributing with six goals and nine assists in the process.
The attacking midfielder’s contract at Goodison Park runs out next summer.
Football Insider verdict
Should Barcelona listen to Deulofeu’s plea to pursue the England international this summer, it will be very difficult for Barkley to turn down an offer from Barcelona. In terms of his football development, the midfielder needs to play football on a regular basis and he will be unable to achieve this in La Liga with the Catalan club due to the amount of midfield talent at their disposal. Barkley will surely have one eye on next year’s World Cup in Russia and if he wants to be involved in the squad, he must be starting every week and this should really convince him to stay at Goodison Park for at least one more season.
In other Everton news, the Blues are in pole position to sign this 29-year-old international.