Barcelona have confirmed their intentions to buy back Deulofeu from Everton.
Technical director Robert Fernandez said: "We consider Deulofeu an option for the future."
The Spaniard will cost Barca a pre-agreed £10.2million – having had the buy-back fee written into the transfer agreement that saw Deulofeu move to Everton for £4.2m in 2015.
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And Italian outlet calciomercato claim Barca will push forward with the deal after El Clasico.
According to the report, Deulofeu’s agent will begin talks over the transfer once the Real Madrid clash is over.
Barcelona travel to Real Madrid in a crunch La Liga tie at the top of the table.
Real lead the way by three points over Barcelona and have a game in hand.
Barcelona want to sign Gerard Deulofeu back from Everton
Deulofeu is currently on loan at AC Milan
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Everton will reportedly get £10.2m if they sell Deulofeu
But their task to win a first La Liga title since 2012 will become a lot more difficult if Barca claim three points in the Spanish capital.
As for Deulofeu, there are reports suggesting Barca are no interested in keeping the playmaker and will look to immediately sell him for a profit this summer.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at AC Milan and has also supposedly caught the eye of Juventus and Napoli.