Oriol Romeu’s permanent move to Barcelona is all but done, with the midfielder having already completed his medical ahead of the €5 million plus add-ons deal.
At the moment, given the price tag as well as the age of the player, nothing extravagant is expected, but journalist Javi Miguel reports that Xavi has assured club president Joan Laporta that the former Southampton and Chelsea midfielder is going to be ‘the big surprise’ of the season.
Romeu, 31, comes in as a direct replacement for Sergio Busquets at the club, meaning that he is going to be a regular fixture next season. At this moment, Barcelona’s task before Wednesday is to close Romeu’s acquisition.
The player bid his old team adieu last weekend and it was believed that he did not attend the training session on Monday as he was undergoing his medical test for the Barcelona move.
Following his routine medical tests, the player spoke a little with the media about his impending move to Barcelona, saying, “Yes, I’m happy.”
Furthermore, contrary to media reports, he went on to admit that he still has not spoken to Xavi, “I haven’t spoken to Xavi yet.”
It has been reported that the deal was accelerated over the weekend when both Barcelona and Girona sat down to finalize the last details of the transfer. Adding to it, it is also said that Girona were not really happy with Barcelona’s offer but they did not want to stop the player from moving.
As part of the deal, Pablo Torre will join Girona on loan for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, a potential deal for Nico Gonzalez’s temporary move was also discussed but it was deemed too complicated due to FC Porto’s interest.
As far as Romeu is concerned, the 31-year-old is familiar with Barcelona’s philosophy, having come through the ranks at La Masia. He had a fine season at Girona last time out and it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard fares on his return to his boyhood club.