With 12 goals and five assists, Gerard Deulofeu was one of the standout players for Watford last season and his brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup semi-final helped the Hornets make it to the final of the competition.

He’s failed to extend the form into this season and has managed only one assist in eight league appearances.

The 25-year-old admitted in April he would consider his future, but he failed to get a move away from Vicarage Road in the summer.

Calciomercato claims Napoli were the only club who were ‘really interested’ in him. They viewed him as an alternative to Hirving Lozano, but ended their interest after signing the Mexican.

AC Milan were reported to be interested in the Spaniard, but the report adds their chiefs, Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini said ‘no’ to his signing.

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That’s because Deulofeu was not their first choice and Watford’s €30m demand was deemed excessive.

The Rossoneri also rejected an opportunity to sign the player in the past when Leonardo was at the club, again because Watford’s €30m asking price was too high for them. Deulofeu was offered to Milan in 2017, but their then chief Massimiliano Mirabelli turned it down.

Deulofeu had three different opportunities to join Milan, but his transfer was ‘blocked’ and Calciomercato end their report by stating ‘the scenario will hardly change.’