Club director reiterates desire to re-sign out of favour Barcelona star

Girona director Quique Carcel has once again expressed the club’s intention to re-sign Oriol Romeu from Barcelona.

Barca forked out their only transfer fee of the summer – a measly €3.4m – to sign Romeu as Sergio Busquets’ replacement at the heart of their midfield. So far this season, the 32-year-old has made valuable contributions to Xavi Hernandez’s side, starting 11 games in all competitions.

Despite said contributions, 90min understands La Blaugrana are interested in signing talented youngster Gabriel Moscardo from Corinthians as the long-term answer to their holding midfield conundrum. Thanks to those links, rumours have begun to swirl about Romeu’s future with Girona being his most heavily discussed potential destination.

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Romeu in action / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Speaking to Diari de Girona recently, Girona director Carcel stated the club would be keen to re-sign Romeu if the opportunity presented itself. He said: “If the option arises that Oriol Romeu leaves Barca we would like to get him back.

“Personally I want 100% [to re-sign Romeu]. He brought us magical things. Many players told me he taught them how to compete.

“Do I see the option to sign him? It’s not easy because there are contracts involved, but I don’t see it as unfeasible.”

In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Carcel has since reiterated his desire to re-sign Romeu – who made 34 appearances for the club last season – stating: “If the option arises that Oriol Romeu leaves Barca we would like to get him back.

“Here he would be important. Neither the club nor the player have told us that he can leave, but if he leaves we would like to have him.”

The news of Gavi’s torn ACL may complicate Girona’s potential move for Romeu.

Barcelona confirmed the youngster is now set to miss the rest of the 2023/24 season, leaving the club short on options in midfield for the foreseeable future and increasing Romeu’s importance to Xavi’s plans for the rest of the campaign.


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