Sunday, 24 July 2011

Who is Oriol Romeu?

Chelsea have agreed a £4.5 million fee for 19 year old Barcelona B midfielder Oriol Romeu, and is expected to complete his move to London next week.

The Spanish Under-19 international is currently representing Spain at the Under 20 World Cup, and is another product of the famed La Masia Barcelona youth system, and has been on the books at the Catalan club since 2004, after signing from fellow Barcelona based club; Espanyol.

Oriol is a defensive midfielder, who is also capable of playing at centre back, similar to that of current Barcelona and Spanish international Sergio Busquets. He was apparently previously scouted by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while Everton, Blackburn and Newcastle were previously linked.

He is 6ft tall, right footed, with excellent stamina and responsiveness, and acts as the defensive wall in front of the two central defenders. He is not just a ball winning midfielder, nor is he just an in your face Darren Fletcher style of player, he has great vision and passing ability, something drummed into him as part of the Barcelona philosophy. reports that Romeu has “a rare blend of pace, strength, tactical sense, technique and anticipation”.

Joining Chelsea, he is expected to compete with Jon Obi Mikel for the defensive midfield role in Andres Villas-Boas’ team, as it became vacant due to Michael Essien’s unfortunate, yet serious knee injury.

Here’s all you need to know

Age: 19

Date of birth: 24/09/1991

Nationality: Spanish

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Previous club: Barcelona/Barcelona B

Club: Chelsea

Club Apps: 49 Club Goals: 1 (Stats for Barca B)

Spain U-19 Level

International Caps: 11 International Goals: 1

Transfer fee: £4.5 million

Here is a video of him in action, he is wearing the number 6 shirt

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