Chelsea have today made a move in this summers transfer market by agreeing terms with Barcelona for 19-year-old midfielder Oriol Romeu, though they have yet to agree on personal terms.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been searching the transfer market as he looks to replace the injured midfielder Michael Essien. He broke the news about Romeu coming to Stamford Bridge at a press conference by saying. “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 went on to add. “He is one of the most promising young players in that position. He still has to evolve as a player. Hopefully we can agree personal terms and hopefully he will pass a medical.”
Oriol has found it difficult to break into the first team at Barcelona, but he did make his debut last season. The deal is expected to cost Chelsea in the region of £4.5million, when it is finalised, and that will be when Oriol returns from the Under-20 World Cup where he is on duty with Spain.
Buying teenagers is good for the future, but Chelsea needs some ready-made talent now – especially tricky wingers, playmakers … and yes: a decent right wingback!
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