Being one of the more talented teenagers in Europe right now, Barcelona aren’t looking to sell Gerard Deulofeu, which isn’t keeping Liverpool and other clubs from attempting to sign him for next season, at least on a loan deal.
Deulofeu isn’t discussing his future right now with anyone. He’s busy trying to win the U-20 World Cup with Spain, so far scoring twice as the Spaniards are off to a two wins out of two matches start in the tournament they’ve won once before.
Deulofeu had a fantastic season for Barcelona B, usually used as a right winger in the Barca 4-3-3, scoring 18 goals in 33 matches, getting himself a few chances to play for the senior side, appearing four times in all competitions, including twice in the Champions League, all being cameo appearances off the bench.
The 19 year old is highly regarded at the Camp Nou, but Tito Vilanova is considering sending the player out on loan for at least a season, feeling he needs to start facing better competition than the second division in Spain has to offer, but doesn’t see a chance for him to get too many minutes with FC Barcelona, having to fight Messi, Neymar, Pedro, Alexis and whoever stays from Tello, David Villa and Cuenca.
As with every player Liverpool have been going after these last couple of seasons, Tottenham aren’t too far behind in trying to beat them to it, followed by Dortmund and Sevilla who would also like to see the player with them, even if it is on a short term deal.
While European football may be a factor in his decision, which Liverpool cannot offer at the moment, Luis Alberto was recently signed by the club, and the young Spanish winger was a teammate of Deulofeu’s last season, and it possibly might help him sway the Reds’ way.
If the loan of Nuri Sahin is any indication, even if this deal does go through in favor of Liverpool, it would be wise not to expect too much from it.