Everton handed boost in chase for Barcelona youngster Deulofeu

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Spain's Under 21 manager thinks he won't make it at Barcelona, suggesting a move away would be best for his career.

Everton may have been offered the clearest indication yet that a deal for Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu could be done, via an interview on Cadena Ser.

The youngster spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from the Catalan giants and quickly became a fan favourite as the side impressed in their first season under Roberto Martinez.

The Blues were keen to extend the youngster’s loan deal into this season as well, but instead new Barca manager Luis Enrique recalled the player as he assessed his squad.

However, Deulofeu ended up going on loan to La Liga side Sevilla, where he has failed to establish himself amid decreased game time. Now, Spain U21 manager Albert Celades has said he won’t make it back at Barcelona, offering Everton hope in any potential attempts to sign him.

“It’ll be very difficult for Deulofeu to succeed at Barcelona,” Celades told Cadena SER.

“Not every player can succeed at Barcelona. Time will tell us how far Deulofeu goes in football.”

Despite failing to establish himself at Sevilla this season, the youngster’s performances at Everton were still impressive, with one display at Arsenal being fondly remembered.

He has also impressed for the Spanish U21 side, with manager Celades praising him for his integration into the team and saying his qualities are not common in the game.

“(The Spain Under-21s) are very happy with Deulofeu’s performances. He’s one of our captains and his integration into the team has been excellent,” he added.

“The qualities which Deulofeu has aren’t commonly found. It’s not been easy for him, given he hasn’t played much for Sevilla, but I understand the competition that exists at Sevilla.”

While it remains to be seen whether Martinez will go back in for Deulofeu in the summer, the Daily Star were among those to report in December that the 21-year-old remains in Everton's thoughts and could be a target further down the line.

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