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Barcelona bring Gerard Deulofeu back and seal Nelson Semedo deal

Gerard Deulofeu has officially completed his move back to Barcelona from Everton on a day which also saw the Catalans capture right-back Nelson Semedo.

Deulofeu, 23, passed a medical on Friday morning before signing a two-year contract tying him to the Spanish giants until June 30, 2019.

Barca last month activated the buy-back clause in Deulofeu's contract with Everton to bring him back to the Nou Camp, where he came up through the youth ranks before moving to England.

It has reportedly cost Barca £ 10.5million to re-sign the Spain Under-21 captain, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.

Barca said on their website: " Before heading to the club's offices to sign the deal along with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Deulofeu underwent a pre-season physical at the team's training centre with the rest of Barca's internationals."

Deulofeu spent 10 seasons in Barca's academy before joining Everton on loan in 2013. He spent the following season on loan with Sevilla before returning to Everton permanently for £ 4.3m in 2015.

Deulofeu, who is currently recovering from a thigh problem, told fcbarcelona.es: "I'm very happy to have returned home and can't wait to start this project.

"I've always wanted to be here. I've had to work away from Barca, because it's not easy to get into the first team, but I've come here with a lot of desire.

"I've changed a lot, I've had different experiences and I think I've improved as a person and a player. I'm a different player and I'm going to try and help the team.

"I know that competition is high, but I will work hard every day and I'm going to try and learn from the best to help the team to win titles."

On a busy Friday for Barca, the LaLiga club also unveiled Portugal defender Semedo.

The 23-year-old passed a medical before completing a reported 30 million euro transfer from Benfica.

At his evening press conference he said: "I want to thank Barca for showing faith in me, I'm proud to wear this shirt.

"I've always loved the club and I like the city, I want to get to know it better. I hope it's a good productive year for me and for Barca."

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