Monday, 18 June, 2018

Watford sign Deulofeu outright for $20 million

Gerard Deulofeu has joined Watford after a successful spell on loan last season Gerard Deulofeu has joined Watford after a successful spell on loan last season
Cassandra Castillo | 12 June, 2018, 02:43

FC Barcelona confirmed forward Gerard Deulofeu completed a permanent Premier League return as their first off-season exit, in what is expected to be a busy transfer window for the LaLiga champions.

The deal could cost Watford up to €17m ($26m) including variables, while Barca will receive a percentage of any future transfer fee.

"We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal", Watford Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury told the club's official website.

A six-month loan move to Watford followed, where he scored one goal in seven appearances for Javi Gracia's side.

Gerard Deulofeu: Watford set to confirm signing of Barcelona winger

Back home, though, he was unable to recreate his San Siro form and he now leaves Barca for England for the second time in his career, signing a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.

Deulofeu, who has four caps for Spain, progressed through Barcelona's youth system and made his senior debut in 2011 but failed to establish himself at the La Liga outfit.

He was a hit under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park and, following a loan stint at Sevilla the following term, was signed permanently by the Toffees in summer 2015.

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