Oriol Romeu to leave Chelsea for Southampton

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Southampton are poised to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu.

This is according to the Independent, who understand the two Premier League clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent transfer.

Romeu travelled to Southampton this morning before undergoing a medical and the deal could be finalised later today.


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The 23-year-old made 33 appearances for Chelsea after joining the Blues from Barcelona in 2011.

Romeu broke into the first team under Andre Villas-Boas but his development was thwarted in December 2012 by an untimely knee ligament injury which ruled him out for eight months.

Romeu: The story so far

The former Spain Under-23 international was shipped off to Valencia on a season-long loan deal by Jose Mourinho at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, but he suffered another - albeit less serious - knee injury during his spell at the Mestalla.

Romeu spent last season loan with VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and made 28 appearances for the German club.

Southampton is a good move for Romeu

He will begin the next chapter of his career with Southampton, working under the impressive Ronald Koeman.

Koeman, also a former Barcelona player, clearly feels Romeu has something to offer an ambitious Premier League club like Southampton and will rotate the midfielder with £8 million summer signing Jordy Clasie.

Clasie was brought in to replace Morgan Schneiderlin, who joined Manchester United earlier this summer, but Romeu will be another useful option for Koeman with Southampton also competing in the Europa League this term.

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