Deulofeu agrees switch to Watford after failed Camp Nou returnJanuary 30, 2018
Gerard Deulofeu has moved to Premier League side Watford on loan after failing to impress at the Camp Nou this season.
The 23-year-old Spanish international has featured five times since returning to the Camp Nou last summer and his playing time is unlikely to improve following the arrival of both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.
Dembele has been out injured since joining in the summer of 2017, but Coutinho was hauled into the starting eleven against Alaves on Sunday evening, leaving Deulofeu’s chances slim of making an impact at the Catalan club.
Linked with a January exit, the former Everton man had been discussing a move with Italian duo AC Milan and Napoli, whilst Inter Milan have also been labelled with interest.
Despite that interest, both Barca and Watford confirmed that a deal had been agreed and the winger was now a player for the English side, sealing a six month loan deal.
Coached by Javi Gracia, the Premier League side are struggling for form and see Deulofeu as a positive attacking signing.
Although he has been assured he is in the plans of national team manager Julen Lopetegui, he has been told he must be playing regularly to be considered for the World Cup in the summer.