Manchester City about to steal Barcelona’s young star Gerard Deulofeu
Manchester City are currently favorites to sign in Barcelona’s latest football prodigy Gerard Deulofeu. The young Spaniard has attracted a lot of attention from top notch clubs across Europe with his spectacular form for Barcelona B.
Chelsea have set their eyes on Gerard Deulofeu as well, but it’s the Premier League champions who have covered considerable ground in talks for £8 million-rated forward.
Gerard Deulofeu has a £8.1 million buyout clause embedded in his contract with Barcelona. Manchester City are aware of Gerard Deulofeu’s buyout clause, but due to their transfer battle with Chelsea they will probably have to submit a little extra cash.
Chelsea have been in race to sign Gerard Deulofeu for a while now. However, since the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo they have behind Manchester City. The Eastlands became the frontrunners for Gerard Deulofeu by doubling the salary Chelsea were prepared to hand him.
The 18-year-old forward has made a lot of noise back home. Many consider him to be the next star out of Barcelona’s star-struck football academy. Gerard Deulofeu is on the brink of breaking into Tito Vilanova’s squad.
The teenager is a Barcelona B player, but he has already capped once in Europe and once in the Spanish Cup this season. Gerard Deulofeu has also broken into the Spanish Under 21 squad. By the looks of it he is all set for a lustrous career.
Chelsea’s recent slump in the English Premier League is another factor which has forced Gerard Deulofeu to move towards Manchester City. The appointment of Txiki Begiristain as Manchester City’s new Sporting Director is another reason. Txiki Begiristain fulfilled a similar role with great success at Barcelona.
Tito Vilanova will try to get the best price for Gerard Deulofeu after all he is the leading goalscorer in second tier of Spanish football. Gerard Deulofeu has scored eight goals in 12 games for Barcelona B.
Barcelona envisions Gerard Deulofeu’s future at Nou Camp, but if the player goes ahead with his move-away plans the Catalan giants can do little to keep him in Spain.