Chelsea & Arsenal keen on Barcelona starlet

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Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to be monitoring the situation of Gerard Deulofeu, with Barcelona keen to send the young forward out on loan before the close of the transfer window.

According to The Mirror, Barcelona want the 19-year-old to further his education away from the Camp Nou for a season have scored an impressive 18 goals in 33 appearances for the club's B side last term.

Chelsea and Arsenal have both been credited with interest in Deulofeu, who is regarded as one of Barcelona's finest emerging talents, although a permanent move to either Stamford Bridge of the Emirates Stadium would appear unlikely.

Deulofeu has made only six senior appearances for Barcelona and, with a regular place in Tito Vilanova's side next season far from a guarantee, an loan move would appear to be the best option for the Spain under-20 international.

Arsenal's pursuit of another goalscorer has been well-documented, and Deulofeu could be seen as an exciting option to compete for a position alongside the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

The Gunners, however, are unlikely to be able to offer Deulofeu the regular first-team action Barcelona are hopeful he will gain during his spell away from the club, particularly if Gonzalo Higuain also arrives in north London.

Chelsea would also seemingly struggle to provide Deulofeu with consistent first-team matches, and Barcelona will surely be reluctant to do business with the Blues following their appointment of ex-Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.

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