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Barca target young Chelsea ace

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Romeu has been on the fringes of the Chelsea team (©GettyImages)
Romeu has been on the fringes of the Chelsea team (©GettyImages).

Barcelona are considering triggering the buy-back clause in Oriol Romeu's Chelsea contract.

The Spanish midfielder signed for the Stamford Bridge side from the Catalan giants last year, but the La Liga team retained the ability to buy back the midfielder for a knock-down price.

According to talkSPORT, Barca are thought to be considering activating the clause, which could see the talented young midfielder move back to the Nou Camp for as little as €10million.

Spanish newspaper Sport reports that Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta rates the Chelsea 20-year-old highly and is eager to bring the Spain star back to Catalonia.

Tito Vilanova's side were believed to be targeting Athletic Bilao's Spanish international Javi Martinez, but reports suggest that transfer has hit a stumbling block, leading Barca to consider triggering Romeu's buy-back clause as an alternative.

Romeu is part of Spain's squad for the London Olympics this summer, and the Chelsea midfielder has played a key role in Spain's successful under-21 team.

Comfortable in either defence or midfield, Romeu has made 22 league appearance for the Blues since joining the Stamford Bridge side. The 20-year-old has represented Spain at every youth level since the under-17's group, and the former-Barca star is on the cusp of breaking into the national side.

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