Barcelona officials have confirmed that they are actively looking into the possibility of bringing Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu back to Camp Nou.
Deulofeu, who signed for the Toffees in 2015, failed to command a regular starting berth at the English Premier League side and was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan in January – where the quality of his performances has increased dramatically.
"Deulofeu is absolutely an option for the future," Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez told TV3 following the Catalan club's victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday.
"The club are firmly considering the option to bring him back to play for the first team next season," he continued.
The buyback clause stipulates a payment of €12m, meaning that bringing the 23-year old back will cost his former club double what Everton paid for him.
Reports in the Spanish media suggest, however, that Barca's purpose for bringinig the player back would be for the sole purpose of selling him on at a profit.
Regardless of how the deal plays out, Everton are likely to benefit from it financially. Speaking to reporters after the player's transfer to England was completed, Martinez highlighted certain stipulation's in his contract.
"If they take him back they can't sell him for a season," the former Toffees boss said. "So he has to stay in the first-team squad for a season."
"At the end of that if they decide to sell him we have got first rights of getting him back or we have got a big percentage of that deal," he added.
Deulofeu has made 12 appearances for Vincenzo Montella's Milan side, scoring two goals and providing three more, showing form that has seen him regain his place in the Spain international squad.
Should whoever replaces Luis Enrique at Camp Nou at the end of the season decide that the Deulofeu deal is one they would like to pursue, they have only until the end of June to do so.