“Can we have Deulofeu back for the 2nd leg?” Barcelona ask Watford

La Liga giants offer Hornets Lionel Messi for next Tuesday night fixture at Stoke in exchange.

Gerard Deulofeu playing for Barcelona
DIFFERENCE? Deulofeu (Image: Castroquini)

Barcelona have asked Watford if they can borrow Gerard Deulofeu back for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Chelsea after only managing a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Deulofeu made mincemeat of Antonio Conte’s side in a recent 4-1 win for the Hornets, and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde fancies a bit of that at the Camp Nou in three weeks’ time.

He told Football Burp: “Lionel Messi is good and all, but that was his first goal against Chelsea in how many attempts? Loads, apparently.

“So here’s our proposal for Watford – give us Gerard back for the second leg, and we’ll let you have Messi the next time you play at Stoke on a cold Tuesday night.

“Because frankly we’d all like to know the answer to that one.”