In a recent report, Sport stated that Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu is on the radar of Girona. It has been revealed that the Spanish club are hoping to re-sign him from the Catalan club next year.
Romeu’s Decent Spell At Barcelona So Far
Romeu is experiencing a solid campaign at the Nou Camp as he has been responsible for putting in a few influential displays at the centre of Xavi’s midfield. The 32-year-old has made 14 appearances for Barca this season, picking up one assist in the process across various competitions.
The veteran midfielder has anchored the midfield well and deserves some credit for averaging 1.5 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates after making 90.3% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at the Catalan club will run out in 2026. Hence, Xavi is under no immediate need to cash in on him next year.
Should Barcelona Head Coach Xavi Let Romeu Go?
Romeu is a tough-tackling midfielder who can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back. He can make the odd interception for his side at the centre of the park and usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the front foot.
The Spanish talent is a good passer of the ball as well but needs to improve his productivity going forward. He mainly operates as a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder if asked to do so.
Romeu has served as a useful presence in Barcelona boss Xavi’s squad. However, he has lacked quality at times in the opponent’s half.
Therefore, the Catalan club should consider letting Romeu go when the transfer window opens this January. Barca would be better off using the money generated from his potential sale to bring in a younger replacement who is capable of challenging for a first-team spot at the Nou Camp.
However, Romeu is under a lucrative, long-term contract and will be under no pressure to seal an exit from the Catalan club next year.