Everton turn down Milan loan move for Gerard Deulofeu
• Out of favour winger could still leave Goodison this month • Ajax and Middlesbrough interested in former Barcelona player
Everton have rejected Milan’s offer to sign Gerard Deulofeu on loan but the Spain Under-21 international’s future at Goodison Park remains uncertain.
The Everton winger, who has fallen out of favour under Ronald Koeman, is a target for several clubs in Europe and the Premier League with Ajax the latest to register interest in signing the 22-year-old this month.
Milan have held talks with Everton officials in recent days with the chief executive, Adriano Galliani, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: “Everton knows we can do loans or loans with right of redemption.”
Their initial approach has been rejected, however, presenting Ajax with an opportunity to pursue a deal for the former Barcelona player. Middlesbrough are also believed to be interested.
Deulofeu rejoined Everton in a permanent £4.3m transfer from Barcelona in 2015 but has been unable to secure a regular first team role since Koeman replaced Roberto Martínez as manager.
His last start came in the 3-2 defeat at Watford on 10 December and despite impressing as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat by Leicester City, creating Romelu Lukaku’s goal, he did not make the match-day squad for the 4-0 win against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Everton manager recently claimed there was “no possibility” for Deulofeu to leave this month because of injuries to Yannick Bolasie and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, although a better offer than Milan’s would test that resolve.
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AC Milan are reportedly refusing to pay a fee to sign Gerard Deulofeu from Everton after seeing their initial approach for the winger knocked back. The 22-year-old has made just four league starts for the Toffees this term and has been told by manager Ronald Koeman that he is free to leave Goodison Park this month. Milan offered to take Deulofeu on loan for the remainder of the season, but Everton are said to be holding out for a payment for his services, with Ajax and Middlesbrough also thought to be interested in taking the Spaniard on board. That could rule the Serie A side out of the running as they are unwilling to pay a fee, although Sky Sports News reports that discussions are still ongoing at this stage.