Trio keen on Barca gem
Sky Sports understands that Liverpool, West Ham and QPR have all expressed an interest in Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu.
By Francisco Acedo & Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 23/07/12 2:59pm
Sky Sports understands that Liverpool, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers have all expressed an interest in Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu.
The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the top prospects within the club's youth system and has a contract to 2014.
However, the young winger is believed to want to play first-team football next year having spent the last few seasons with Barca's B side.
He is due to return to training this week having helped Spain's Under-19 side to their second successive European crown.
And, with Barca ready to open talks with him about his future, a host of clubs have now made contact, including Liverpool, West Ham and QPR.
Barca are not believed to be considering a sale, but are looking at whether to loan him or promote him to the first team.
New first team coach Tito Vilanova and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta are due to meet this week to discuss Deulofeu's future.
Sources close to the player have indicated in the local press he would prefer to stay in his native Catalunya.
Deulofeu made his senior debut for Barca last term, featuring twice under Pep Guardiola.