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Newcastle After Top Barcelona Youngster

News in the Spanish press today that Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu is being tracked by Newcastle United as a potential future signing.

Oriol Romeu – 18 year old Barcelona defensive midfielder

The source of the report is the Spanish Daily Sport and they report that Newcastle have been watching the youngster for w awhile now.

Newcastle are waiting to see if if he fails to sign a contract extension with the Barcelona club, and if that happens the Tyneside club seem ready to move in and get the youngster on a free transfer.

But there are also a number of Premier League clubs who know all about this young lad, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle will face competition to sign this top young player.

And another manager that’s being reported today that is after the 18 year-old, is a certain Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager.

The youngster was born in Ulldecona, Tarragona in Catalonia, and is known as either Oriol or Romeu, and he has played for all the Spanish Youth sides through the U20 level.

Barca manager Josep Guardiola gave the youngster his debut for the full Barcelona side last year in a friendly, and he arrived at Barcelona’s youth academy back in 2004.

In August of this year he was included in the nineteen-man FC Barcelona squad to face Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup, where he made his competitive debut, playing the full 90 minutes – so this lad must already be some player.

He will turn 19 this month.

Chris Hughton said over the weekend that he expects a number of top young players to come to Newcastle and train with the development squad, as the Newcastle coaching staff take a look at some of the youngsters, to see if they are good enough to be given contracts at the Newcastle club.

As we reported yesterday, French midfielder Nacim Boukhelifa is currently on trial at Newcastle.

Comments very welcome.

12 comments so far

  • rkw

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Firsts, Take that Angryman!

  • rkw

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Gonna take just short of a miracle for this one to slip through enough cracks for us to have a real shot. Track all you want, I like due diligence, but I can’t see him getting through to us.

  • Edd Case

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    As a big Barca fan, I can say without any doubt at all that this story is a non-starter.

    This lad is in the Busquets class and I would be amazed if he was allowed to go.

    I think Barcelona learned a lot from when they let Fabregas leave (and Pique).

    If he was not good enough to come through to Barca’s first team, Pep Guardiola would have let him go already…Guy Assalin for example.

  • SGToon

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    paper talk most likely … however, good to see some reports on us after some top youngsters.

    haha, rkw, i wonder the number of times you clicked on the refresh button …

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I will have my revenge…………….

  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 6, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Very unlikely, but apparently it wouldn’t be the first time we managed to sneak a big name youngster to our club (Vuckic and Aaron Spear)

  • jimiley

    Sep 6, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Why would a Spanosh player want to leave Barca for NUFC unless he was not good enough for Barca. Barca may target our players but we do not target theirs… at least the ones they want to keep.

  • Mags

    Sep 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I know it is only the People reporting it, but Jeff Vetere is being linked with coming back to the club in a scouting role!

    Does this have anything to do with him?

  • mark9403newcastle

    Sep 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Iv just read that….http://www.tribalfootball.com/jeff-vetere-lined-controversial-newcastle-return-1096841. Reporting that he’s in talks with a move back here, he’s renowned for his scouting of youngsters worldwide isn’t he???

  • StuW

    Sep 6, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I live in Spain, and watch Barca TV, seen a lot of Barca B and the youth, and this kid stands out in most games. Good tackler, good pass, very much like a deeper-lying Fabregas,, albeit not as good

  • Brutooon

    Sep 7, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Barca got the best youngsters in the world.

    don’t think he will come to us, loan deal maybe yes

  • Nathan

    Sep 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Why do people even bother with stories like this?


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