Barcelona put clubs on Deulofeu alert

The Spanish giants want to send the highly-rated 19-year-old forward on loan next season, with a number of Premier League clubs showing an interest in the precocious talent
By Greg Stobart

Barcelona have put clubs across Europe on alert by making youngster Gerard Deulofeu available for a season-long loan move this summer.

The highly-rated forward signed a four-year contract with Barca earlier in May and the Spanish giants want to send him on loan to gain experience next term.

Barca are understood to have spoken to Premier League clubs about Deulofeu and are keen for the 19-year-old to develop in another league.

They believe that a stint in England would help his development due to the speed and power of football in the Premier League.

The likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham could all be interested in the youngster, who can play wide or centrally and has played for Spain at every youth team level, and was named the best player at the European Under-19 Championship last summer.

Deulofeu made just five late substitute appearances for Barcelona after making his debut in 2011 and, despite starring for the club's 'B' team, is likely to find his first-team opportunities limited again after Neymar completed his long-awaited switch to Camp Nou.

Borussia Dortmund have also been mentioned as a potential destination as the Champions League runners-up look to deal with the blow of losing star man Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich.

Manchester City tried to lure Deulofeu - who is considered a future star - away from Barcelona before the academy graduate signed his new contract that set his buyout clause at €35 million.