English Premiership

Hornets set asking price of 40m euros for Deulofeu

2019-11-21 14:53
Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Watford have set an asking price of €40 million for exciting winger Gerard Deulofeu amid links with Serie A giants AC Milan.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who specialises in transfer talk for Sky Sport Italia, claims Deulofeu would consider handing in a transfer request to secure a return to AC Milan.

Earlier this year the same journalist asserted Deulofeu would return to the San Siro “in a heartbeat“.

That claim was made in the wake of the Spaniard’s stunning display off the bench in the FA Cup semi-final after he grabbed a superb brace to spark Watford’s 3-2 comeback win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley.

Deulofeu signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road when he joined for a reported fee of €12 million in June 2018 from Barcelona.

But the Catalan club were canny enough to include a clause in the deal that entitles them to a percentage of any profit Watford made on him and that is why the club are ready to hold out for big money.

Romano states that Watford would only start negotiations at €40 million – which is too high for struggling Milan.

The Rossoneri have fond memories of Deulofeu from his 2017 loan spell at the club, during which he scored four goals in 17 Serie A appearances.

He was with parent club Everton at that point, but Barcelona craftily used their buy-back clause to take him back before selling him to Watford for a profit.

His market value has rocketed over the past 18 months and Watford are well aware of his desire to play for a club on a bigger stage, like Milan.

Earlier this month, his agent Albert Botines, refused to rule out a return to the Italian giants.

"He remained very tied to Milan and could return one day but we have to see how things evolve,” he told Sky. “Milan fans message him on social media asking him to return. Gerard loves Serie A and Italian football so something might happen in the future."

- TeamTalk Media

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Sunday, 15 December 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v Everton, Old Trafford 16:00
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 18:30
Monday, 16 December 2019
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Selhurst Park 21:45
Saturday, 21 December 2019
West Ham United v Liverpool, London Stadium 02:00
Everton v Arsenal, Goodison Park 14:30
Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Carrow Road 17:00
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace, St. James' Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield United, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Burnley, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Leicester City, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.