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Gerard Deulofeu: Barcelona to buy back winger from Everton

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Barcelona will re-sign winger Gerard Deulofeu from Everton after exercising a buy-back clause believed to be worth 12m euros (£10.6m).

Deulofeu originally went on loan to Everton in the 2013-14 season and returned in a £4.3m deal in 2015.

The 23-year-old made 13 appearances for Everton last season before joining AC Milan on loan in January.

Barcelona say they expect “terms will be agreed” on a two-year contract “in the following days”.

After a good first season on Merseyside, Deulofeu fell out of favour and spent the final half of last season in Italy with AC Milan.

He started 36 games for Everton, with a further 39 from the bench, scoring eight goals. His contract had been due to run until June 2018.

The Barcelona statement read: “FC Barcelona have activated the buy-back clause for Gerard Deulofeu.

“In the following days, the terms will be agreed with both Everton and the player. Deulofeu’s contract will run until 30 June 2019.”

Deulofeu is in Poland, where his Spain team will face Germany in the final of the European Under-21 Championship on Friday.

In April, Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez had revealed that they were considering re-signing the wideman, who has won three senior Spain caps.

Barcelona made their announcement hours before Everton signed Nigeria striker Henry Onyekuru for £7m – and sent him on loan to Anderlecht.

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