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Barcelona to activate buy back clause for Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu

Barcelona to activate Buy back clause for Everton's Gerard Deulofeu

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.

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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.”

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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.