Will Gerard Deulofeu be faster than Neymar if he returns to Barcelona?

Sport360 staff 19/06/2017

Barcelona look set to resign Gerard Deulofeu from Everton this summer for a fee of £10.5 million.

The 23-year-old - who was sent out on loan to AC Milan during the second half of last season - impressed with four goals and three assists in 17 appearances at the San Siro.

The Spaniard is known for his remarkable skill and speed, but will he be the fastest player if he returns to the Camp Nou?

In this gallery above, Marca catalogued Barca's fastest players during the 2016-17 season.

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Rumours: Man United to pay £175m plus David De Gea for Cristiano Ronaldo while Barca set to re-sign Deulofeu

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With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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CRISTIANO RONALDO

According to the Daily Mirror, Man United are planning to offer £175million plus David De Gea to re-sign Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal skipper has made clear his intentions to leave Spain this summer while De Gea has been persistently linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

RATING: 1/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Of all the Ronaldo rumours floating around there this has to be one of the most absurd. United have been strongly linked with signing Real forward Alvaro Morata and if the Spain international was included in this deal then perhaps it makes sense.

But this package for a 32-year-old seems outlandish even by United’s standards. Besides the point, when did the last proposed swap deal of this magnitude become a reality? They never happen!

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THOMAS LEMAR

The Monaco man is in high demand with four leading European clubs in the race to secure his services, according to Telefoot.

Tottenham and Arsenal are known admirers while Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus are also said to be weighing up a summer bid for the 21-year-old.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Frenchman’s agent is apparently due to talk with Spurs and Arsenal this week as a £30million deal will reportedly be enough to persuade the Principality side to part with another key talent.

Juventus are noted with an interest because they will turn their attentions to Lemar should they fail to sign Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich while Jurgen Klopp is known to in the market for a pacey winger this summer.

Thomas Lemar

GERARD DEULOFEU

Barcelona will exercise their buy-back option to re-sign their former winger from Everton.

The Liverpool Echo report a fee of £10.5million with sources in Spain indicating new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde will move Lionel Messi into midfield to accommodate Deulofeu.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Deulofeu spent the majority of last season on loan at AC Milan were he recovered to show some of his best form having found first-team opportunities at Goodison Park limited.

His pace, movement and trickery on the left wing has no doubt caught the attention of Valverde and given Ronald Koeman was happy to leave him out of his plans last season, Everton will likely be happy to take the cash.

Just don’t be so sure on the reports of Messi being moved to shoehorn him into the starting XI.

Gerard Deulofeu

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Former Barcelona star David Villa reaches MLS milestone with New York City FC

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David Villa

David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-1 win Saturday over the Seattle Sounders, becoming the fifth fastest player in MLS history to reach 50 career goals.

The reigning MLS MVP Villa needed just 78 games to score 50 goals as he leads all MLS players with 14 multi-goal games since he joined the league two years ago.

The contest was played in a driving rain at Yankee Stadium but that didn’t deter Villa as he now has 51 total goals.

The deluge in New York began about 45 minutes before kickoff, and the rains continued throughout the match causing players to slide and lose their balance on the soft pitch.

Villa, who hadn’t scored in three weeks, got the game winner in the 77th minutes, as he knocked it in from the left side of the box.

Villa got No. 50 early in the second half on a penalty kick. Cristian Roldan put Seattle up 1-0 in the 40th minute.

NYCFC controlled most of the first half, but their only real chance came in the first minute of extra time when Villa’s shot off a deflected ball caromed off the crossbar.

NYCFC will host the New York Red Bulls on June 24.

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