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Blues Sign Barca Starlet

Gerard Deulofeu arrives on season long loan from Spanish giants.

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Everton have signed exciting Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu.

The 19-year-old forward is described as a 'diamond' by Blues boss Roberto Martinez and arrives on a season long loan and with a reputation as one of Europe's finest young prospects.

A number of top European sides were reportedly interested in securing the player and a delighted Martinez 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."

A product of La Masia, Barcelona's famed youth system, Deulofeu played last season for the Catalan giants' 'B' team, scoring 18 times in 33 matches.

He has also made a handful of substitute appearances for Barca's senior side in the league, cup and Champions League and impressed enough to be handed a long term contract at the Nou Camp earlier this summer.

The 5ft 10in flyer is comfortable on either wing or behind the striker and renowned for his expert close control, swift changes of direction and unerring finishing.

Deulofeu has played for Spain's Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s and joins a growing band of Spanish speakers under Everton manager Martinez.

He will join up with the Blues squad later this summer after enjoying a well-earned break following his involvement in the recent Under-20s World Cup in Turkey.

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Kev KellyGet in, I watched Barcelona b team more times last season than Barcelona just to watch this lad, hes gona be a superstar, made up with this news :)

Friday 12th July 10:42 Report Comment

sean JohnsonBrilliant, young, talented, well done Roberto, fingers crossed, but this all looks good to me! COYB

Thursday 11th July 10:10 Report Comment

barry heyesJust raid Wigan once more for the energetic Mcmanaman letting him run at and terrorise defences next season and the jigsaw is complete ... COYB!

Thursday 11th July 09:54 Report Comment

Victor TayAmazing!!! 4 signings in 3 days. If the rumours are right, really hope to see Victor Moses joining as well!

Thursday 11th July 08:43 Report Comment

derek john teevansuper player to add to the other new arrivals welcome to are great club, well done everton.COYB

Thursday 11th July 08:12 Report Comment

Richard PorterWow! What a catch is this going to be EVERTON Year, It's getting better each week mabe I will Change my mind on our new manager a eat my Everton Hat, umh !

Thursday 11th July 08:06 Report Comment

patrick liddaneGreat signing. Well done everton and welcome to our great club Gerard.

Thursday 11th July 00:00 Report Comment

keith portergreat news de past few days ... welcome 2 our family... i can c wat roberto is up 2 ... smart moves from our manager ...

Wednesday 10th July 21:37 Report Comment

Joseph Greshamsmashed it, played robbie you babe

Wednesday 10th July 21:24 Report Comment

Barry Byrneexcellent addition, and this is why we chose martinez...would moyes have got this lad? i guareentee NO.. well roberto good start upto now

Wednesday 10th July 19:47 Report Comment

fitchett geoffreygreat news , watched him on you tube looks a quick and skillful youngster. can`t wait to see his skills on goodison turf

Wednesday 10th July 19:43 Report Comment

Martin FalkCan't wait to see this new faces at the Pre Season!!

Wednesday 10th July 18:47 Report Comment

Aaron RowlandsAmazing talent!, Watched him a couple of time whilst out in spain, Very good signing!;-)

Wednesday 10th July 18:43 Report Comment

Robert PriceIt's the best new's so far :) welcome to Everton Deulofeu I for one can't wait to see you play for us. COYB :)

Wednesday 10th July 18:20 Report Comment

Darren Spencerwell done Roberto looks a right good player, lets just hope some of our own youth get a chance this season

Wednesday 10th July 18:14 Report Comment

Paul ReidLike this very much. Now he can tell everyone at Barca how good our club is and it won't be long before Messi signs for us :-)

Wednesday 10th July 18:14 Report Comment

andy mayLooks a quality player , quick and skilful

Wednesday 10th July 18:10 Report Comment

Andy Zuckermannoh. my. god.

Wednesday 10th July 18:08 Report Comment

Daniel SpenceBlimey!!!

Wednesday 10th July 18:05 Report Comment

stephan longget in there good luck lad COYB

Wednesday 10th July 18:03 Report Comment
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