Everton F.C. have completed the signing of winger Gerard Deulofeu from FC Barcelona for a fee of €6 million, according to the club’s official website.
Deulofeu, who tallied three goals and three assists in 25 English Premier League appearances while on loan at Goodison Park in 2013/14, has signed a three-year deal with the Toffees and will officially join the club on 1 July.
The contract gives Barcelona the right of first refusal if Everton decide to sell the once-capped Spain international.
“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.”
Deulofeu bagged three goals and nine assists in 29 appearances in all competitions, including 16 starts, for Sevilla last season.
No bids for Bacca
Sevilla sporting director Ramon Monchi has revealed the club have yet to receive an official bid for in-demand striker Carlos Bacca.
The Colombia international, 28, has been the subject of reported interest from Liverpool in recent weeks, and could join the likes of Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino at Anfield if the Reds trigger the player’s €30 million release clause.
“We have not received an official offer for Bacca,” Monchi said on his club’s official website. “We are not in negotiations for any important player.
“I’m no fortune teller but top strikers in the market, there aren’t that many. Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second.
“I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. It’s a risk we take but we can’t do anything about that.
“We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future.”
Bacca, whose current deal at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán will expire in the summer of 2018, scored 20 goals in 37 La Liga appearances for Sevilla in 2014/15.
Mings joins Bournemouth
Newly-promoted Premier League club Bournemouth have agreed a deal for the transfer of Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings, according to Sky Sports.
Mings, who joined Ipswich from Chippenham Town for a mere £10,000 in the summer of 2013, was the subject of a failed bid–believed to be in the region of £3.5 million–from Crystal Palace on deadline day last summer.
The 22-year-old defender will now move to Dean Court for a reported club-record transfer fee.