Gerard Deulofeu has earned near cult-figure status on the terraces at Goodison Park. His season-long loan from Barcelona during the 2013-14 campaign won over the Everton faithful and the long wait for his return is finally over.
The 21-year old spent last season on loan at Sevilla and had a torrid time of it, featuring in Spanish newspaper Marca’s ‘Worst Team of the Season’.
But he has now completed his return to Goodison Park, with the Everton official website announcing the permanent deal earlier this afternoon.
Everton confirmed the move was worth €6m (£4.2m), with the wide man signing a three-year contract at Everton, reuniting with Roberto Martinez.
Barcelona have inserted a buy-back clause in the deal, according to the Everton official website, which would allow them to take him back for a pre-agreed fee in two years' time.
"Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton, for we are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent," said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
"We got to know him really well from his loan period, not only as such a talented player but also his great character. He will be a fantastic asset to our Club," he added.
The tricky Spaniard excelled in his year at Everton and adapted to the Premier League very well. He will bring guile and invention to Everton’s attack and would go some way to filling the void should Kevin Mirallas depart this summer.
Deulofeu will be determined to get his career back on track following his disappointing Sevilla loan and a permanent move - and the stability that comes with it - could be just what's needed to get him back to his best.