Barcelona identify Premier League midfielder as surprise target

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Southampton holding midfielder Oriol Romeu has emerged as a surprise target for LaLiga giants Barcelona.

Romeu has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona, where he played his football before moving to Chelsea in 2011.

Barcelona reportedly regard the 25-year-old as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets. He certainly has the aggression.

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Reports indicate that there has been no official approach made from Barcelona but, according to Marca, contact has been made with the player.

Romeu signed a new long-term contract earlier this year but interest from other clubs is warranted given his consistency throughout the season in a Southampton shirt.

It could be an interesting summer for Southampton if they lose key players such as Romeu and Van Dijk.

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