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Gerard Deulofeu’s Everton future is about to get a lot clearer

Barcelona have until tonight to activate release clause - otherwise Geri is staying put

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While Gerard Deulofeu is busy focusing on tonight’s European U21 Championship final against Germany, his club future could be set to reach an important milestone.

Former club Barcelona have until midnight tonight to activate a clause inserted in Deulofeu’s contract when he re-joined Everton two years ago.

Should Barca activate the clause they would pay Everton in the region of £10.5m to bring the winger back to the Nou Camp.

However, any deal is dependent on Deulofeu agreeing on a move back to Spain and several reports indicate he is unwilling to do so.

The terms of the deal state that should Barcelona activate the clause they would be unable to sell or loan Deulofeu out for at least one season.

That would potentially leave Geri in limbo, given he has little chance of breaking into the Barca team ahead of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

With a World Cup on the horizon a season on the bench would make little sense - which could potentially play into Everton’s hands.

Should Barca opt against activating the clause then Everton would be free to sell Deulofeu to whoever they like - and for whatever they like.

AC Milan have been heavily linked with the 23-year-old after a loan spell at the San Siro last season. Serie A rivals Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the Italian media.

The alternative of course is for Ronald Koeman to give Deulofeu another chance at Goodison Park. Though given how quickly the Toffees boss appeared to make his mind up about him last season that appears unlikely.

Either way with the Barcelona’s deadline, the official opening of the transfer window and the end of the European Championships all imminent, it appears geri’s future - so often clouded in mystery over the past few weeks - may soon become a little clearer.