Suarez would be a great signing for Barcelona, says Deulofeu

The 20-year-old believes the Liverpool striker is one of the best in the world and is looking forward to the new season after his loan spell at Everton

Gerard Deulofeu believes Luis Suarez would be a "great signing" for Barcelona should he swap Liverpool for the Catalan giants this summer.

Barca have been interested in the Uruguayan star for some time and on Friday Goal revealed that talks between the clubs over a £70 million deal have reached an advanced stage.

Suarez is currently serving a four-month global ban from football for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 World Cup win over Italy in Natal last month, though his national side are appealing Fifa's judgement.

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But Deulofeu, who returned to Catalonia this summer after a season on loan at Everton, has expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing with the Uruguayan at Camp Nou.

"He [Suarez] is a very interesting player," he told Mundo Deportivo. "For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the world and if he comes he would be a great signing."

Deulofeu went on to talk about the players who inspired him in his development, and insisted that Barcelona's old heads will have a key role to play in any revival next season. 

"I've never had an idol but I watched Ronaldinho, and then players like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi," he added. "They are so good, it’s impossible not to notice them.

"It’s a shame [Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol] will leave. We’ll miss them and we’ll see if Xavi goes, but there are players like Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. They help the young people a lot."

Deulofeu is confident that his time at Everton has put him in a good position to make a mark with Luis Enrique’s side.

"I really want to start the season, for everything to go well and to win everything with Barca," he added. "I worked hard at Everton, I learned many things and I was lucky enough to achieve my goal of returning home.

"I learned personally and in football. Until you’re away, and you have no family, the food, the weather, you don’t know what you have and you learn to value things.

"[Messi, Neymar and Suarez] are the best players but I am confident in myself. I think a lot of my chances and I work every day hoping to get my challenge.

"For now I’m on vacation, what I have to do is work hard and do what the coach decides. Just getting in the team will make me happy. Collectively the requirement of the club is to win titles.

"I like a little pressure. That’s how football goes. I think that without pressure we can’t be the best."