Any interest in Spanish youngster Gerard Deulofeu, however justified, seemed futile just a month ago when the youngster signed a contract extension at Barcelona until 2017.
But now it seems that the 19-year-old is set to be back on the market for potential admirers; with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City all previously linked with an interest in the tricky forward.
“Of course I look at the first team, but it is complicated. There are very good players there. I’ll talk to the club and see what the best decision is. Of course for me it would be playing for the best club in the world, but they decide. It may be a possibility. Anything is, but maybe not yet. If I leave on loan I can earn minutes playing for another club and follow my professional dream.”
It does seem that a potential step-up to the first-team is fraught with difficulty for the player. Competition for places in the Barcelona attacking areas was already fierce enough. Then they signed Neymar from Santos and that competition just got greater.
In fact seven forwards are vying for the three slots in Barca’s attack; although Bojan, David Villa and Carlos Tello are all expected to leave.
So Deulofeu may be available after all; although quite clearly only on a loan deal. Barcelona would be mad to sell a player who has been so impressive in the Spanish second tier this season.
So hope remains that Liverpool could bring him in this summer; if only until the end of the season.
However they would face rivals should they consider making the move.
According to reports in Spain a team that has suddenly found themselves shorn of their most illustrious attacking instrument are ready to join the growing list of admirers in his talents.
Sevilla sold Jesus Navas to Manchester City this week as they finally cashed in on the prodigy after years of speculation linking him with a move away from Spain.
And now the race is on to find an adequate and affordable replacement considering their tight financial situation.
A potential loan agreement for Deulofeu could be just the ticket; for both parties.
Barca will certainly prefer to send him out on loan to a team in La Liga; not only so he can inflict damage on their title rivals but to give him experience of playing in the league they one day hope he will star.
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