June 11, 2018 / 12:11 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Watford make Deulofeu move permanent

(Reuters) - Watford have completed the signing of winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford vs Everton - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - February 24, 2018 Watford's Gerard Deulofeu in action. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The 24-year-old, who joined Watford on-loan in January, made seven appearances in the league for the English side last season.

Barcelona said a fee of 13 million euros ($15.3 million) along with another 4 million in variables was agreed for the transfer.

“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” Watford Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said on the club’s website.

“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”

Deulofeu, who has four caps for Spain, progressed through Barcelona’s youth system and made his senior debut in 2011 but failed to establish himself at the La Liga outfit.

The Spaniard then moved to Everton in 2015 but re-joined Barcelona in 2017 after a loan spell at AC Milan.

($1 = 0.8488 euros)

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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