Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Sevilla have officially sealed the captures of both Gerard Deulofeu and Ever Banega.
The club's official account tweeted the news:
BBC and B/R UK writer Andy Brassell summarises the news:
For the second year in a row, Gerard Deulofeu will be leaving Barcelona to go out on loan, as his parent club has agreed to send him to Sevilla this season.
Barca reported the deal on their website Thursday:
FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Gerard Deulofeu to the Andalusian club for the 2014-15 season, an operation designed to ensure that he gets to play as many games as possible and therefore develop as a footballer.
Last season, Deulofeu was sent on loan to Everton, where he scored three goals and three assists in 25 total appearances for the Toffees. He started just nine games, however, and only earned a 6.6 average match rating from WhoScored.com, not exactly blowing away the Everton supporters along the way.
Still, the 20-year-old is considered one of the brighter young talents in Spain, and Barca will be hoping he takes another step with continued playing time at Sevilla. Much of the progression he needs to take is mental, as Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague tweeted:
While some Barcelona supporters might have perhaps preferred him being sent on loan outside of Spain—and the Everton faithful would have been happy to see him return—Graham Hunter of ESPN FC thinks the loan to Sevilla was handled correctly:
Perhaps keeping him in Spain will be good for his international career, keeping him close to his teammates on the Spanish side and in a league whose sensibilities align more closely to the national team than Deulofeu experienced in the Premier League.
This will be a big season for Deulofeu, as he'll look to prove he's good enough to carve himself a role at Barcelona next season. Not only that, but the winger must also start showing that he is worthy of the hype that was bestowed upon him at such a young age.