With Milan forced to play in 9 men, Gerard Deulofeu proved to be the among the saviours. With an incredible play on the wing, he created an assist for Pasalic to score the deciding goal. Here is what the Spaniard had to say after the game:
“It was an incredible night. We knew that there were only 9 of us on the pitch, but despite the disadvantage, we never stopped believing in the victory. We are Milan, and we have to honour this jersey. I see a lot of talks about this team being in a crisis, but I don’t see anything of that sort. I’ve never won a game like this. I started playing on the left, then moved as the center forward: What mattered was getting the three points. The assist? I thought about giving the ball to Pasalic, I like doing the difficult things. Objectives? There’s no point in looking too far ahead. All I can say is that we have a ton of young lads: All we can do is get better”.
Barcelona are set to activate their buy-back clause for Gerard Deulofeu, with the Catalan winger having impressed for AC Milan since January. The forward was frozen out at Everton due to his work rate and inconsistent performances but has been revitalised. AC Milan took the player on loan in January and he has impressed ever since, putting in a brilliant performance for Spain against France. Now, Barcelona look set to activate a €12m buy-back clause that was inserted into his deal with Everton upon his return to the club. The Catalan giants could well re-sign the player with every little cover up front for Barcelona’s front three.
The Deulofeu clause. It’s not so simple. Every couple of days or so there’s a claim in Italy that AC Milan could negotiate to buy Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona rather than Everton. The thinking behind the idea is that Barcelona would use their €12m clause in the summer and then Milan would agree a deal for a little more than that.
On Wednesday Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo report Barcelona have already decided to use the clause with the only question being whether they would keep him or sell the player on for a quick profit. There are still said to be doubts at Barcelona over the 23 year old’s character, but no such doubts about activating the clause with Everton. All of this would be worrying for Everton, and could see them cut out of a deal which may have otherwise represented a chance to make more money.
However, unless the terms of the clause have changed, or Roberto Martinez lied to the media in November 2015, Barcelona can do no such thing. In the fine-print of the Deulofeu clause, Everton made sure they were protected from such a scenario happening.