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Chelsea Agree £4.5m Deal to Sign Barcelona Starlet Oriol Romeu

Nou Camp youngster on his way to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea have reached agreement with Barcelona to sign defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed the news at a press conference in Bangkok, where Chelsea are on a pre-season tour.

Confirming the agreement, Villas-Boas said: “He is one of the most promising young players in that position.”

Romeu, currently with Spain ahead of the Under-20 World Cup, will also need to pass a medical to complete his move.

No details of the fee have been announced by the club, although some reports have suggested it is around the £4.5m mark.

Despite making his senior Barcelona debut last season, he was not part of manager Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans at the Nou Camp, having spent most of the campaign playing for their B team in the second division.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

Given that Chelsea look likely to be without injured Ghana international Michael Essien for around six months the need to beef up defensive midfield options has increased and although Oriol Romeu is likely to be back up initially the Barcelona youngster clearly has the potential to make a name for himself, hence the Blues interest in the Spanish teenager.

Romeu spent a couple of seasons with Barcelona’s B team but last term made a couple of appearances for the first team and has previously been an Arsenal target. Andre Villas-Boas is clearly looking to build for the future and brought in Thibaut Courtois from Genk earlier in the week, a teenage keeper who was then immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid, who of course sold their first choice keeper, David de Gea, to Man United this summer.

Villas-Boas’s commitment to youth may help England Under 21 striker Daniel Sturridge get a look in when it comes to starts in the Chelsea first eleven.

Romeu is yet to agree personal terms and is currently on national team duty with the Spanish Under 20 World Cup in Colombia. He may also be set to be loaned out back to a La Liga side.

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