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Gerard Deulofeu joins Everton from Barcelona on a permanent deal after the two clubs agreed a fee of €6million.

Gerard Deulofeu during his loan stint at Everton
Gerard Deulofeu during his loan stint at Everton

EVERTON HAVE WRAPPED up the permanent signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old Spanish International was a hit with Everton fans two seasons ago, when he enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club before spending last term at Sevilla on a temporary basis.

He will now move to Everton permanently after the Premier League club agreed a €6million fee with Barcelona, who retain a buy-back clause and first option on the player.

“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.”

“Gerard considers Everton as home and we are getting an even more mature player now than he was a couple of seasons ago.

“Our objective was to secure Tom [Cleverley, who agreed a move to Goodison last month] and Gerard as quickly as we could and I’m really pleased this is exactly what we’ve done.”

Deulofeu, a product of Barcelona’s youth system who never started a senior game for the club, made 29 appearances in his first spell at Everton.

The Merseyside club have the option of extending his deal by a further year.

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