By Harvey Byrne
There has been a turning point in the deal which could see Gerard Deulofeu leave Everton for Italian giants AC Milan, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Toffees are now willing to allow the 22-year-old forward to leave in a loan-to-buy deal, as opposed to the obligation to buy that they had previously looked for.
It is believed that discussions and contacts kept happening throughout Wednesday with Milan keen to strike a deal for the young Spaniard.
However, despite the change in negotiations there are still two obstacles the San Siro giants have to get through before securing the Everton attacker.
The report states that AC Milan now need to agree a fee with the Toffees in order to take him on loan, but there is no mention of what price the Merseysiders will be looking for, for the player who made a £4.2million move to the club in the summer of 2015.
Additionally, Milan must also see Barcelona’s stance on the transfer, as the La Liga giants own the rights to buy back Deulofeu in the future.
With just 13 appearances to his name under Ronald Koeman this season and falling behind latest new signing Ademola Lookman, Deulofeu’s time at Everton looks to be nearing a premature end.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite not having the same attraction they once held, joining a club like AC Milan will still be a massive opportunity for Deulofeu. The player is not getting game time at Goodison Park and at 22 he still has time to grow as a player. It is clear that he is not in Koeman’s plans and sitting on the bench at Everton will not allow him to fulfil his early potential. It will be a shame when he does leave after showing much promise in his initial loan in the 2013-14 campaign. However, for whatever reason he has not discovered that since joining permanently and the club should now allow him to focus on his career elsewhere and in a less demanding league.
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