Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu is weighing up his options after the Spaniard hinted that he could leave the La Liga champions in the summer. The 19-year-old has been in impressive form, scoring 18 goals in 25 appearances for Barcelona B team last season and has been attracting interest from other European clubs.
An earlier report from the Express suggested the Premier League trio of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on landing Deulofeu in the upcoming transfer window. The teenager is now looking for regular playtime for the new season and revealed the situation at Camp Nou is complicated.
"Of course I look at the first team, but it is complicated. There are very good players there. I'll talk to the club and see what the best decision is. Of course for me it would be playing for the best club in the world, but they decide. It may be a possibility. Anything is, but maybe not yet. If I leave on loan I can earn minutes playing for another club and follow my professional dream," Deulofeu explained.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has the option of Lionel Messi, Pedro, Cristian Tello, Alexis Sanchez and David Villa in their current squad. With the latest addition of Brazilian star Neymar, it is unlikely that Deulofeu could get regular first team action under Pep Guardiola's former assistant.
Deulofeu signed a four year contract extension with Barcelona last month, which will see his current deal run down in 2017. The Spanish champions have a release clause of £29.8m and interested clubs need to break their wage structure to land the youngster.
"Since I was a kid it's been my dream to be in the best club in the world. I came here when I was very young and little by little I've worked my way up, and now I'm here. I want to keep on working so I can reach the top. For now on I have to continue working," the Spaniard told Barcelona's official website.
Deulofeu can operate as a forward and a winger and his versatile style of play will be a great addition to either Liverpool or the two north London clubs. However, the release clause associated with the player could be a roadblock for the Premier League trio to make an approach in the summer.