ORIOL ROMEU DEAL COMPLETED
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oriol Romeu Vidal from Barcelona on a four-year-contract.
The 19-year-old will join us once his duties with Spain's U20 World Cup squad in Colombia are complete. Midfielder Romeu has so far played 90 minutes in each of Spain's two matches, a 4-1 win over Costa Rica and a 2-0 win against Ecuador.
Romeu began with Barcelona's smaller neighbours Espanyol before joining the famous Camp Nou academy in 2004, progressing through the ranks until a reserve team regular playing in Spain's second tier under Luis Enrique.
He made his La Liga debut for the senior Barça side at the end of last season, coming on as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw against Deportivo La Coruna, having also appeared at the beginning of the campaign in a Spanish Supercup loss away at Sevilla.
The 6ft Catalan can also play in central defence and is renowned for his strength and his expansive passing ability.
While in Bangkok, Andre Villas-Boas announced the club had agreed terms with Barcelona for the player's transfer.