Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has signed for Watford on a five year contract.
The Spanish winger joined from Barcelona for a fee of £11.5 million plus add-ons, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Watford, when he made seven appearances, scoring once in a 4-1 home win vs Chelsea.
He becomes Watford’s second signing of the summer, following their £1 million signing of Stevenage’s Ben Wilmot and the winger will continue to wear the number 7 shirt he wore last season.
He had previously played for Everton in the Premier League, scoring eight goals in 75 appearances. He returned to boyhood club Barcelona last season after they activated a buy-back clause.
Deulofeu scored twice in 17 games last season for Barcelona before being sent out on loan to Watford.
Watford’s deal with Barcelona also contains a sell-on clause, with the Catalans receiving a percentage of any future transfer fees.
Watford chairman and chief executive, Scott Duxbury has said “We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal.”
“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”
This deal represents further ambition shown by Javi Garcia’s men, following a strong transfer window last summer that saw them sign Will Hughes and Andre Gray and resulted in them finishing in 14th place. The Hornets will want to improve upon this next season and this deal represents the sort of ambition needed for this.