By Harvey Byrne
Premier League giants Manchester United have joined the race to sign Everton attacker Gerard Deulofeu, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon have claimed that the 23-year-old, currently on loan with Italian giants AC Milan has three options in the summer with Barcelona and Manchester United in the hunt for his signature, while the Toffees are also looking to keep hold of him.
It is detailed that Jose Mourinho’s side is the latest to put their names in the hat for the pacey winger and that they would offer the two-time capped Spain international a higher offer than what Barcelona would.
However, it is also stated that Deulofeu, who has one-year remaining on his contract with Everton is in control of his future and will decide on what team he will play for at the end of the season.
Now, Deulofeu was sent out on loan to AC Milan in January after struggling to break into the Toffees team under summer appointment Ronald Koeman, playing just 11 times in the Premier League.
But, he has since played 14 times in Serie A, returning two goals and three assists and the Dutch manager may be keen to see what he can offer on his return.
Football Insider verdict:
It is usually attackers Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku attracting the big teams in the Everton side, but Koeman may soon realise he made a mistake on letting Deulofeu go too easily. The Everton first team obviously has not suffered for the loss of the Spaniard as they sit in seventh and some way above eighth place. However, the attacker, who shone in his first loan spell at the club could go on to have a very good career and with one-year on his contract left he could be acquired at a very cheap price.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have leapfrogged a number of top-flight rivals in race to sign this Belgium-based sensation.