Rosell could make a summer switch to Portugal. (©GettyImages)
Rosell could make a summer switch to Portugal. (©GettyImages).

Oriol Rosell linked with Sporting Lisbon transfer

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Sporting Lisbon are looking to strengthen their midfield options by recruiting former Barcelona youngster Oriol Rosell.

Reports in the USA suggest a deal is almost done to take Rosell from Major League Soccer side Kansas Sporting City to Portugal this summer.

The 21-year old midfielder is a product of the famous La Masia academy at Barcelona and would return to Europe after a two-year absence.

Spaniard, Rosell failed to make the grade at the Nou Camp and could only muster up a handful of appearances for Barcelona B, but since moving to the MLS he's shown tremendous passing ability.

Though no transfer fee has been mentioned, Sporting may well have money to spend if, as expected, William Carvalho departs this summer.

Carvalho has been linked with a number of top clubs across Europe, with Liverpool said to be leading the race for his signature.

Rosell is perhaps seen as a direct replacement, and his 6ft frame will help to fill the gap left by the powerful Carvalho, should he move on.

Unlike Carvalho, Rosell has yet to earn senior international recognition, though he has featured for the Catalonia national team, playing alongside fellow La Masia graduates such as Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

Should he complete a move to Portugal, he may have the chance to come face to face with the club he was nurtured at in Europe's biggest competition - Sporting's second place finish in the Primeira Liga sealed a spot in next season's Champions League group stage.

Rosell wouldn't be Sporting Lisbon's first recruit from the MLS in recent times - last summer they signed Fredy Montero on loan from Seattle Sounders.

That move proved an instant success with Montero netting 13 times in his first 12 games, form which earned him a permanent switch to Lisbon in early 2014.

Talks of an incoming transfer will surely please the Sporting fans, who have been more used to selling players as opposed to signing them.

Last summer they lost striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel and promising young defender Tiago Ilori among others, and if reports in The Mirror are to be believed, Argentine Marcos Rojo could depart this year having excelled at left-back.

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