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Everton and Tottenham chase Deulofeu

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July 4, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Gerard Deulofeu is highly regarded by Barcelona © AP
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Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are leading the race for Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

The 19-year-old, considered one of Barca B's most precocious talents, is keen to continue his progression in England and is looking increasingly likely to spend next season on loan.

Barca are unwilling to sanction a permanent transfer but are keen for Deulofeu, who is currently with the Spain squad at the Under-20 World Cup, to gain first-team experience.

With Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez both admirers of the Barcelona brand of football, Mundo Deportivo believes Spurs and Everton are the frontrunners for his signature.

Deulofeu's agent, Gines Carvajal, has been in England this week finalising the transfer of another former Barca youth-teamer, Marc Muniesa, to Stoke City, and it is reported he may have held meetings with other Premier League clubs to discuss Deulofeu during his visit.

The winger made 33 appearances for Barca B in the second tier last season and scored 18 goals.

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