Barca youngster sees Blues as ‘great option’

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Andre Villas-Boas is closing in on his second signing as Chelsea boss, after Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu confirmed his agent has held talks with the Blues over a proposed summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

The highly rated 19-year-old Spaniard plies his trade primarily as a defensive midfielder, and could come in as cover for the injured Michael Essien who was ruled out for at least six months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the first day of pre-season training.

Chelsea confirmed last month that negotiations had taken place with Barcelona over the transfer of Romeu, with a fee believed to be in the region £5million said to have been agreed between the two clubs.


Speaking to Spanish publication AS, the talented midfielder, who has represented his country at U17, U19 and U20 international level confirmed Blues’ interest.

"Barcelona and Chelsea have already reached an agreement, and my agent was in London to listen to their offer,” said the teenage star.

"Chelsea is a great option for me. If everything goes well, why not? Leaving Barca hurts, but you have to take your chances."

Romeu's transfer will follow the arrival of Thibaut Courtois who joined from Racing Genk, and was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid to gain further first team experience.

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