After a season at Sevilla sandwiched in between a stock-rising loan spell at Everton and the present day, Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu looks set to be on his way back to Merseyside.
According to reports, the Toffees have agreed a deal for the 21-year-old in the region of £2.2m, with the patented buy-back clause Los Blaugrana shoehorn into seemingly all of the sales of their La Masia scholars.
Such a price is hard to argue with given the potential Deulofeu demonstrated during his temporary Goodison Park stint in 2013/14, where he scored three and assisted as many despite making almost two thirds of his 25 appearances from the bench.
Upon discovering he wouldn’t be returning for a second loan stint ahead of the previous campaign’s commencement, Roberto Martinez sought to replace the Spanish schemer with the immensely disappointing Christian Atsu and then, when the Ghanaian failed to have any sort of an impact on the team’s fortunes, Aaron Lennon.
While the latter did nothing to discredit himself during his five-month stay on the blue half of Stanley Park, the permanent signing of the Tottenham man will reportedly cost the club between £6m-£8m.
At 28, there’s not much sell-on potential left in the Leeds-born winger and his chances of Everton handing him that last, long lucrative contract look to have significantly diminished with Deulofeu’s impending arrival.
Lennon isn’t the only midfielder to turn out for the Toffees in 2014/15 who could be donning the colours of another when the music restarts in August.
Enigmatic attacker Kevin Mirallas spent last season making noises suggesting the Merseysiders don’t stock the spacious boots found in Champions League locker rooms large enough to accommodate his growing feet and has recently been linked to Monaco.
The Belgian and his skinflint employers are thought to have reached an impasse in negotiations over elongating his current contract, indicating a summer sale is imminent.
A £6m acquisition from Olympiakos, Everton can expect to receive something in the way of profit for Mirallas’ services and, although Deulofeu can’t be expected to replace the 11 goals he registered last time around by himself, the need to find an alternative isn’t as pressing with the like-minded Spanish international set to sign.
He’s 17/20 to start over 14.5 Premier League games next term.