*Update: Media source La Repubblica are saying that AC Milan have signed a six month 'dry loan' (no option to buy) deal with Everton for the winger. *
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said that he will not stand in the way of any player that wants to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window.
Gerard Deulofeu has failed to reach the dizzy heights of Roberto Martinez’s era at the Blues and there have been some rumours linking him with a move back to La Liga in Spain, possibly with Deportivo La Coruna, while Ligue 1 side Marseille are also reported to be interested.
Gerard Deulofeu podría acabar cedido al Olympique de Marsella estas navidades. ¿Una de las sorpresas del mercado de invierno? @OM_Espanol— Hugo García Pérez (@HugoGarciaRain) December 26, 2016
(Translation: ”Gerard Deulofeu could end up moving to Olympique Marseille this Christmas. One of the surprises of the winter market?”)
The speedy winger has only started four games, and as come on as a substitute in seven others, failing to register a goal or an assist in that time and was even left completely off the matchday squad for the Merseyside Derby.
After having been used as a ‘false 9’ in a short-lived experiment while Romelu Lukaku was out to begin the season, Geri (as he is popularly known among the fans) was moved back to his winger position.
He announced last week that his girlfriend Mari was expecting a daughter Sara in the coming months.
Feliz Navidad // Merry Christmas everyone ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6w4Owwrmnx— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) December 24, 2016
Meanwhile, Koeman said recently in an interview that he was willing to talk to any player about their futures at the club, and specifically referring to Deulofeu -
“There is no offer and we like to keep everybody in. But if there is a player who is not happy about his situation then we will talk to player and we will find a solution.”
Should Deulofeu choose to stay on at the Blues, he is likely going to face new competition to play as Koeman has been very interested in adding Memphis Depay, and Yacine Brahimi also linked.