Having worked at Vicarage Road during a loan spell last season, the La Masia graduate Gerard Deulofeu has opted to extend his stay in the Premier League, signing a long-term contract with Watford.
Watford have reached an agreement with La Liga Champions Barcelona for the La Masia graduate and Spanish international winger Gerard Deulofeu for €13 million, plus €4 million in variables. The club also says they will “receive a percentage of any future transfer operations to other clubs.”
Deulofeu spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hornets and has done enough to convince the English side to keep him even though he missed a large chunk with injury problems.
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After the completion of transfer business with Barcelona, Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury insisted,
“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” Duxbury told Watford’s website.
“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”
Gerard Deulofeu made his Barcelona debut back in 2011. Following a frustrating spell at Camp Nou, Deulofeu experienced his first taste of Premier League action when he joined Everton on loan in 2013.
The Spaniard made seven appearances for the Hornets last season. His high point being the scorcher he scored against Chelsea in a 4-1 demolition of Blues at Vicarage Road. Deulofeu being a versatile athlete can pile his trade on both the flanks and also can operate as supportive striker. Enrolling of La Masia talent is a phenomenal transfer success for a club like Watford who has procured reputation of established Premier League side and who is looking to enhance their standard of play.
With Dembele and Coutinho available in the squad and Atletico Madrid ace Griezmann heavily linked, it is understood that there is no room for Deulofeu in Barcelona’s XI next season. I think this deal is a win-win situation for the clubs. It is a good opportunity for Deulofeu to find his wings again at Watford and to showcase his ‘La Masia talent’ in the Premier League.