By Alex Stevens
Barcelona are ready to activate their option to sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu for £10.2million this summer – and fans have delivered mixed verdicts to the the news.
Barca secretary Robert Fernandez revealed that the 23-year-old could move back to Camp Nou during the forthcoming window.
The BBC Sport website claims that the Spanish champions have the option to sign Deulofeu for £10.2million during the forthcoming window.
The option was inserted into the deal that took the wide forward from Barcelona to Everton for £4.3million in the summer of 2015.
“The club are firmly considering the option to bring him back to play for the first team next season,” Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez confirmed to Catalan station TV3 on Sunday.
Football fans on social media have offered a variety of responses, with some surprised the La Liga giants wants Deulofeu back, while others claim Everton should not give up on him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@BBCSport I just watched his video when he was still at la masia and playing for Barcelona B. He was so good.
— Joel N. Gashagaza ⚓️ (@jojogash92) April 17, 2017
— brownyyyyyy (@Safcliam996) April 17, 2017
@BBCSport Oh dear.
— Dean (@DAZ600) April 17, 2017
@BBCSport hell no he’s not coming we always want quality in the premiership
— ONILUDE ABIOLA (@scalywayne_101) April 17, 2017
Koeman needs to find a future for Deulofeu. He is far too talented to let go. Would be perfect in our current system. #EFC
— Kenny Jarvis (@KennyJarvisEFC) April 15, 2017
Watching the Milan derby. Brillian tfirst 15 minutes. 0-0. Deulofeu looking great – he just hit the post. #efc
— Steve Johnson (@stevejohnson95) April 15, 2017
@BBCSport once he finishes celebrating
— d ???????? ???? ???? (@dougalpollux) April 17, 2017
Deulofeu is on loan at Serie A giants AC Milan until the end of the season after securing a temporary move away from Everton in the January window.
The Spaniard struggled for game time under Ronald Koeman in the opening half of the season but has been a mainstay of the Milan team.Barcelona’s decision to go public with their interest in re-signing Deulofeu suggests that there is a strong likelihood the deal will be completed.
The Spain international and Barcelona academy product initially joined Everton in the summer of 2013 in the first of two season-long loans.
He then joined permanently in 2015 on a three-year contract, with the deal stipulating set fees for Barcelona to re-sign him in the subsequent summers.
Deulofeu has impressed during his Milan loan spell, scoring two goals and supplying three assists in 13 games in all competitions.
His form at the San Siro earned him a second Spain cap last month which he marked by scoring in a 2-0 win against France.
In other Everton news, there is friction at the club between manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh.