7 Things to Know About Barcelona and Everton Star Gerard Deulofeu

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

7 Things to Know About Barcelona and Everton Star Gerard Deulofeu

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    Romelu Lukaku may be the high-profile loanee on Everton’s books, but there is another making waves at Goodison Park and his name is Gerard Deulofeu.

    The teenager joined Everton on a season-long loan from Barcelona in the summer and is starting to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

    Deulofeu will certainly be a name on the lips of Arsenal fans after the youngster scored a stunning late goal to earn Everton a point at the Emirates.

    Having seen Deulofeu fire in such a goal, we wanted to know more about the youngster. Over the following slides, you can see what we found out.

Snapped Up by Barca Aged 9

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    Deulofeu was born in the Girona region in northern Spain in 1994.

    Given Girona is in Catalonia and around 60 miles from Barcelona, it was no surprise that Deulofeu was snapped up by the Camp Nou giants.

    Deulofeu joined Barcelona at the age of 9 and worked his way through the ranks at the club’s La Masia academy.

Professional Debut Comes in 2011

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    Deulofeu’s senior debut came for Barcelona’s B team in 2011.

    In a game against Cordoba on March 2, 2011, Deulofeu climbed off the bench in the 75th minute.

    It proved to be a successful debut for Deulofeu, as Barcelona ran out 4-1 winners.

Replaces Cesc Fabregas in 1st-Team Debut

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    Deulofeu was handed his chance with the Barcelona first team in the summer of 2011.

    On October 29, he made his official first-team bow when replacing Cesc Fabregas in the 5-0 win over Mallorca.

    It wasn’t a bad game to make his bow in, as he saw Lionel Messi net a hat-trick in the romp.

Goals Galore for Deulofeu

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    The 2012/13 campaign proved to be a breakout one for Deulofeu.

    He became a regular in the club’s B team and netted 18 goals in the second division in Spain.

    Later that year he was a leading light for the Spain side at the Under-20 World Cup. He scored two goals in a win over USA.

New Deal and €35 Million Buyout Clause

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    Deulofeu signed a long-term contract with Barcelona at the end of the 2012/13 season.

    He is contracted to the club until 2017, and after signing his deal, he told the club’s official website: “Since I was a kid it’s been my dream to be in the best club in the world.”

    If Everton or anyone else want to get their hands on Deulofeu, he won’t come cheap. Signing his contract set his buyout clause at €35 million. 

Signs Bumper Deal with Nike

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    Deulofeu only started earning a professional salary in 2011, but he was not short of money at that point.

    As a 14-year-old, he was felt to be so good that sportswear giant Nike took a punt and signed him to a contract worth €150,000 a year.

    If the scouts at Nike are paid a commission, the person who tied down Deulofeu could well be in line for a bonus.

A Diamond Arrives on Merseyside

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    The forward joined Everton in July 2013 on a season-long loan, much to the delight of Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

    A host of teams had been chasing Deulofeu, but it was Everton who won the race.

    Upon his arrival, Martinez heaped praise on the teenager.

    The Daily Mail’s Dominic King and Simon Jones had the quotes: "Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton."