Transfers: Gerard Deulofeu has joined Watford from Barcelona for a fee of €13m
Barcelona have announced that Gerard Deulofeu will join Premier League side Watford on a five-year deal for a fee of €13m plus €4m in variables.
The Catalan winger entered La Masia in 2003 when he was just nine years old, and eight years later, in 2011, made his Barça B debut under Luis Enrique. In April of the same year, when he was 17 years of age, he was included in a first team squad for the first time and in August 2011 he played his first game.
Deulofeu spent the second half of 2017-18 season on loan at Watford, scoring once in seven Premier League appearances.
The ex-Barcelona youth player has previously had two spells in the Premier League with Everton.
He spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Goodison Park and returned on a permanent basis in 2015 after an unsuccessful spell at Sevilla.
Following 18 months with the Toffees, Deulofeu finished the 2016-17 season on loan with AC Milan, then went back to Barcelona last summer when the Catalans activated a buy-back clause.
“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” says Watford Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury.
“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”
He has four senior international caps for Spain – the most recent of which came in a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein in September 2017 – and he has also represented his country at Under-21 level.