Everton boss Roberto Martinez explains the intricacies of Gerard Deulofeu deal

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There are clauses which could see him move back to Barcelona.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed there are certain intricacies and clauses in the contract of Gerard Deulofeu which means he could leave Goodison Park if Barcelona were to return for him.

The Toffees boss is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying they can only take him back in the summer and that any transfer would have to take place at the end of a season. Despite the seeming ease that Barcelona could take Deulofeu back to the Camp Nou, Martinez remains adamant they got a good deal.

He said: “They can’t do that. There are certain things in the deal. They can’t take him back in the winter so they can’t take him back in January. It can only be at the end of the season. It is 9million Euros [£6.3m] for the first year and 12million Euros [£8.4m] in the second year.

“If they take him back they can’t sell him for a season, so he has to stay in the first-team squad for a season.

“At the end of that if they decide to sell him we have got first rights of getting him back or we have got a big percentage of that deal. There is nothing we can do if they activate it.

“That was the deal and the only way we could access the player in the terms that we wanted. I’m delighted with the deal.”

It seems to be a case of the longer they keep hold of Deulofeu, then the more Barcelona would have to pay in order to take him back to La Liga. 

Deulofeu's influence on the Everton side seems to be growing with each game that passes, as his ability to deliver a good final ball creates chances for the side, and causes their opponents problems as a result.

But there is so much more development left in him at the age of 21. His end product is getting better and the natural width he provides can terrify some full-backs. The Spaniard is certainly a very promising player. Martinez clearly did everything in his power to ensure he was with the Toffees for this season.

Having read Martinez's comments, however, some Evertonians will be a little concerned that he may not be around for too long if he shows signs of fulfilling his potential in the near future. Not only that, but some would say the figures surrounding any deal are a little on the low side. 

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