Everton sign Barcelona prospect on a season long loan.

The 19 year old forward scored 18 times in 33 appearances for Barcelona B last season and is rated as one of the best upcoming talents of Barça’s academy, La Masia. Everton faced competition from a number of clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Tottenham, West Ham and the shite, but it was ultimately the influence of Roberto Martínez that secured the move.

Martínez told evertonfc.com: “Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton.”

Deulofeu, who was crowned UEFA U19s Championship Golden Player in 2012, is eager to continue his development at a higher level.

“I’m very very keen to get started and delighted to be at such a big and historic football club.” Deulofeu told EvertonTV. “I’m an attacking player. I can play wide, I’m quite quick, quite decent in one on one and I’m looking forward very much to helping the team.”

The player’s versatility across the front provides Martínez with a key attacking option and his technique, flair and eye for goal certainly appeals to the fans.

Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro
[team_content] D.O.B: 13.03.1994
Birth Place: Spain
Height: 1.79m
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Deulofeu: All Competitions 12/13 (FC Barcelona)
Competition Starts Used As Sub Goals Assists
Barça B: Segunda División 28 5 18 0
Barça: La Liga 0 1 0 0
Barça: Copa del Rey 0 1 0 0
Barça: Champions League 0 2 0 0
Total 28 9 18 0
Deulofeu: Video Highlights 12/13

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