Saturday, 23 July 2011

Fee agreed for Oriol Romeu

Chelsea have agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of Oriol Romeu, in a deal thought to be around £4.5m, and will now seek to finalise a contract with the Spaniard. The 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who played regularly for the Barcelona B team and who is currently at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia with Spain, has yet to undergo a medical at Chelsea, but is being lined up as cover for the injured Michael Essien. Manager Andr√© Villas-Boas said: "It is a part of the squad in which we are struggling with numbers because of Michael Essien's injury and Oriol is a player with a bright future. He still has to evolve as a player." Villas-Boas is likely to spend again before the transfer window closes, with the blessing of chief executive Ron Gourlay, who said: "From our activity in the marketplace in the past, if the coach feels there is a player available who can strengthen our team then we almost definitely go into the marketplace."

source: The Guardian

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