By Will Butcher
AC Milan have returned with a second bid for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Serie A giants had come back with an enhanced offer that included a £430,000 loan fee for the 22-year-old Spaniard.
AC Milan say they've made new offer to Everton for Gerard Deulofeu – £430,000 loan payment plus option to buy in the summer
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 19, 2017
Milan’s second bid could also see them purchase the one-time Spain international permanently in the summer, as Vincenzo Montella’s side have included a loan-to-buy clause in the deal.
Everton’s number seven has made just four Premier League starts this season for the Toffees, with competition from the likes of Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Enner Valencia.
With Yannick Bolasie looking to return from a long-term knee injury and Ademola Lookman’s goalscoring debut, Deulofeu may struggle even further for regular game time.
That could see Deulofeu making a move to the San Siro this month, as Milan look to boost their Serie A title challenge with the signing of Everton’s speed machine.
Football Insider verdict:
A player of Deulofeu’s skill and calibre should not be finding it difficult to gain regular first-team football at Everton. However, the former Barcelona youth player has struggled under new manager Ronald Koeman this season and should look to leave as soon as possible. Milan’s are very keen to sign Deulofeu, making a second bid for his services will delight the winger, while Everton are much more likely to accept an offer that will see them receive a payment for their winger’s services. With DR Congo international Bolasie returning at the end of the season, Deulofeu could look to jump ship altogether as he remains at the back of manager Koeman’s mind – although that might not be what the club wants.
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